Mr. Altmire, you did not do what is right for your constituents by voting against the health care reform.
Many of these people are the same people whose premiums are skyrocketing, whose children are unable to be insured when they finish college, who are -- like all of us -- one breath away from a heart attack, a serious car accident, a cancer diagnosis, a fall. Any of these things could cause us to lose our jobs and our access to decent health care.
I am sorry that you listened to people who are being manipulated by the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists and by the legislators whose goals are to protect their own self-interest and to defeat President Obama -- rather than to ensure the well-being of the entire community of the United States. As for your claim that it would cost too much, doesn't the Congressional Budget Office hold some credibility?
What is costing too much is paying health insurance executives millions each year and paying unaffordable premiums to insurance companies so they can deny our claims. What is costing too much is the lives of 45,000 Americans per year who die unnecessarily for lack of health care -- and the millions more who suffer needlessly because they cannot afford treatment.
Shame on you, Mr. Altmire.
ROBERTA J. MINTZ