Put health-care issue in perspective

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The major opposition to the health-care bill starts with the premise that we must not do anything that will harm the best health-care system in the world. However, this assumption is wrong.

By all objective measures, our health-care system is not even in the top 15 in the world. Longevity, infant mortality, prenatal care, wellness care, cost and care for the chronically ill are measurably worse than for most other industrialized countries.

Much of this cost is because 15 percent of our population has access to health care only through emergency rooms, which means they don't get wellness care or care for chronic conditions. They also wait longer to get help when they become ill, so their conditions are harder and more expensive to treat; indeed, sometimes it is too late.

Everyone on all sides of the issue knows that the current health care system in this country is sustainable. Its continued uncontrolled growth cost will bankrupt us. The Congregational Budget Office, the nonpartisan agency with the most accurate record of projecting costs of proposed programs in both Republican and Democratic administrations, estimate the current bills before congress has cost-control measures that will reduce the overall cost and reduce the deficit. The only substantive changes the Republicans are pushing are to reduce the cost-cutting measures.

The Senate is the major obstacle to passage of health-care reform. However, reason and concern for the average person do not seem to mean anything to our senators from Georgia and South Carolina. The Republicans' only concern is to make sure the Obama administration fails so they might be able to retake control. The purpose of this letter is simply to counter the raising level of fear and distress that is being stoked by the Republicans, Fox TV and hate radio.

Previously, I called the health-care reform measures the great moral question of our time. If that doesn't move you, remember, most of you reading this are only one downsizing away from having no health insurance.

Andy Reese, Augusta

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Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/21/09 - 05:57 am
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"If that doesn't move you,

"If that doesn't move you, remember, most of you reading this are only one downsizing away from having no health insurance." And the current administration is doing everything they can to ensure that that downsize comes to YOU.

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seenitB4 12/21/09 - 06:45 am
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Let's be honest here,,, We

Let's be honest here,,, We needed good health reform, we didn't get it with 2 Bush Pres.,, it is what it is,,Both parties seem he## bent on taking down the other,, They didn't work for our benefit..Just who is on top,, & you wonder why folks are looking for a good independent common sense, middle of the road thinker..If that man comes along, he will get a lot of votes.

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johnston.cliff 12/21/09 - 07:51 am
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Way to swallow, Andy. Your

Way to swallow, Andy. Your opening stats sound real serious, but if you remove the subsidy people from the equation you'd understand why people leave the perfect universal health care systems from all over the world to come to America. If you're willing to make the effort, the best health care in the world is right here. But, since you feel that government subsidy of the population is a right, you feel that all Americans willing to contribute to this country should support all Americans that aren't. If this power-grab called Obamacare is passed into law, health care won't improve one bit for anyone. Life will go on, except the government will have TOTAL control of another sixth of our GNP and 100% control of everyone who wants health care. That's only a good thing if you feel you need a nanny to exist. How do you think this will affect your liberties?

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johnston.cliff 12/21/09 - 07:53 am
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People that get their "facts"

People that get their "facts" from CNN and NPR sure are easy to trick.

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robbie1 12/21/09 - 08:35 am
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I think Seenit's on track.

I think Seenit's on track. Andy is right that the US health industry does not have the greatest results in some categories. But Cliff is right about folks coming here when they want good health care. Unfortunately, the leaders in DC see only the isle that seperates them. There are things I would like to see fixed, but until our leaders reach across the isle with an open hand instead of a fist, we will continue to get shafted in the end. I'm hoping to get the story behind what really is in the bill, instead of the edited version from the talking heads on both sides of the issue. Unfortunately, I do not have a warm and fuzzy about the results thus far.

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Riverman1 12/21/09 - 09:03 am
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America differs from other

America differs from other developed countries in that we have a large segment of the population that is very poor. This all comes from the segregation era which is history. No country could afford to give the number of people we are talking about full health care. This plan will cost billions and drive small business owners out of business, increasing unemployment and creating even more demands on government services. Sure, it would be nice to give everyone health care insurance, but the demographics don't match the dollars. The best alternative is to provide free clinics that provide a minimum level of care at least.

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LBenedict 12/21/09 - 09:49 am
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No, no, no, letter writer!

No, no, no, letter writer! Most of us object to this because...the federal government will be in charge of my medical care. Article 1 of the Constitution lists 18 things that the federal government is responsible for, and taking carte blanche of health "care" ain't one of them. If "reform" is oh so important, then why will this bill not take effect until 2013??? BTW, that's a year after the next presidential election too. The federal government has no business and no constitutional authority to take over health care. Having said that, if the concern is the uninsured, then why not just address the uninsured? Why does the bill state that if one year after enactment, a plan changes; deductible or co-pay changes, that I MUST go on the government's plan? If the issue is the uninsured, then create insurance policies for the uninsured, and leave the others alone. But no, the maniacal federal government led by we all know who, wants to take over as many aspects of as many lives as possible, as evidenced by the 1,100+-page bill plus a 73-page amendment. This is a joke! If it is such a great deal, then why are Members of Congress and union hacks exempt from it? Why? Do tell us.

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soldout 12/21/09 - 10:30 am
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Best move would be too

Best move would be too eliminate all government involvement in health care including medicare. Let it all be private insurance. All prices would come down for health service. There is no more right to health care than there is a right to a cell phone or a big screen TV. If you can't afford it you don't get it. If there is a need for it, someone would meet it. We have a great system for fixing mechanical problems with the body (broke arm etc) and a weak one for fixing disease. Alternative care runs circles around regular care for those things. Get the government out, let the doctors who are good mechancis do their thing and alternative folks can handle the rest and the problem would be solved. We simply made health care too complex when it is very very simple. Wanting to sin with no effect on our body gets very expensive.

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RIPAmerica 12/21/09 - 10:38 am
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Wow! A whole 15%? Not 14%?

Wow! A whole 15%? Not 14%? There is ALREADY a shortage of GP's (family doctors). Only a liberal can think adding millions of patients + a shortage of doctors = better care for all. Let's trash 85% of Americans for the benefit of 15%! "Logic is a four letter word" ~ Joe Biden

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LaTwon 12/21/09 - 10:38 am
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wait a minute soldout........

wait a minute soldout........ the govt is giving free cell phones out and free minutes...........

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx

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55 F-100 12/21/09 - 10:43 am
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If indeed the congress and

If indeed the congress and senate pass this "obamanation" of a health care socialized medicine measure, then we evict them from office in 2010 and evict the socialized medicine czar, the teleprompter-reading empty-suit egomaniac in 2012. And we will have an enormous task in attempting to repair the damage that he has inflicted.

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RIPAmerica 12/21/09 - 10:49 am
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I believe there are already

I believe there are already organized websites calling for an immediate and indefinite National Strike if this Obamanation of legislation is ever signed. Together, we can bring the current regime to it's knees without any violence or bloodshed.

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dhd1108 12/21/09 - 11:23 am
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Liberal mind sets are

Liberal mind sets are susceptible to CNN and NPR and "regular" news reporting.

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southernguy08 12/21/09 - 11:27 am
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Andy, 2 questions I must ask.
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Andy, 2 questions I must ask. First, if this healthcare bill currently in congress is so wonderful, why did Obama and congress exempt themselves from it? Second, if this bill is so wonderful, why is the former chair of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean, a former physician, against it? Sorry those nasty little things called facts keep getting in the way. People have a right to healthcare. They don't have a right to the taxpayers footing the bill!

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Little Lamb 12/21/09 - 02:44 pm
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Well, we can confidently say

Well, we can confidently say that the "pants on fire" meter is pegged off-scale today! First Reese says that the U.S. is not in the top 15 of industrial nations in cost of health care; then he says that the "reform" under discussion will "reduce the overall cost." Well, you cannot provide health insurance to the millions who don't have it now without increasing costs.

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jack 12/21/09 - 04:10 pm
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Mr Resse, how about naming

Mr Resse, how about naming the 14 other countires who's health care is supposed to be so much better than ours that you claim. Who made the rating? If the WHO/UN, there is not lcredivbility in such a report. In no other country that has socialized medicine will you find the immediate access, technology or madications that the Majority of Americans have access to, let alone the best educated/trained doctors in the world (the reason so many come here to become doctors). As for the CBO's projections that the Senate Bill will reduce the deficit, ENRON book keeping by Dingy Harry and his DIM cohorts used was to take out the Medicare re-imbursement schedule for doctors and hospitals and put it in another bill, thus coming under the more than $1T it would have been marked up by the CBO. Then don't mention the fact that Medicare will be reduced by $500B thus lowering the care the elderly (and most sick demographic that need it) through rationing/ bureaucrat decisions rather than the doctor's because of a health care BUDGET. The governm. These bills (House and Senate) are for one prupose-as much power and control over our lives as any other banana republic, socialist country.

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gaspringwater 12/21/09 - 07:46 pm
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Attaboy Mr. Andy Reese of

Attaboy Mr. Andy Reese of Augusta. Change must come and it must have two parts. First, it must control the ever increasing cost of health care in this country and second, health care must be provided for people who can least afford it. Some may not choose to call it a HUMAN RIGHT but it's near enough! Have you noticed the strange paradox in our country. Those on the right call for saving the fetuses but they're also the one most opposed to health care for the poor and needy!

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U.Dumus 12/21/09 - 08:32 pm
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its because of people like mr

its because of people like mr reese that the cost will bankrupt us , he must not be able to wipe his own butt, why do i have to pay for your health care, take care of yourself you dead beat. Hell i cant afford car insurance yall pay for that, all you liberals are, this is the beginning of the end of our great nation.

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corgimom 12/21/09 - 10:18 pm
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Southernguy, the President

Southernguy, the President receives free medical care as the Commander in Chief of the military. Why would you then expect him to buy health insurance? What would be the point in that? And ALL Federal employees are exempt. They already have better insurance than what is being proposed, and theirs is provided by law. Did you realize that it's all Federal employees, not just the President and Congress? They also don't pay into Medicare, but I don't hear you complaining about that. They are covered by a health plan that Ronnie Reagan signed into law. Why would they need to buy insurance when they already have it?

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motorheadaches 12/21/09 - 11:17 pm
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This bill, if put into law,

This bill, if put into law, will MANDATE everyone to purchace health insurance. Obama will have wiped his butt with the Constitution and flushed it down the toilet with one swoop of his pen!

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Pu239 12/21/09 - 11:31 pm
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corgi.....you miss the point.
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corgi.....you miss the point. Why should all of the bourgeois swine you mention have any benenfits that are be any better than mine? Isn't the point of this exercise to level the playing field? How dare the President have better health care than me!!!

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gaspringwater 12/22/09 - 12:05 am
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motorheadaches - Vehicle

motorheadaches - Vehicle insurance is mandate now for you to buy a tag. Do you think that's the Constitution flushed it down the toilet too?

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KSL 12/22/09 - 12:11 am
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Gasp, people can choose to

Gasp, people can choose to own a car or not. If they don't have a car, they don't have to purchase car insurance.

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KSL 12/22/09 - 12:13 am
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Plus there are a lot of

Plus there are a lot of people driving around without insurance. That's why we have to pay an additional amount for uninsured motorists, which wrong.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/22/09 - 12:33 am
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gasp, most of the indigents

gasp, most of the indigents of this country are the result of government subsidy. These indigents can afford to make babies at government expense who will in turn go on government subsidy and have access to government medicine. THAT is why we need more government health care, which produces the problem that more government health care is supposed to fix. DANG, Dems fall for the dumbest things.

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motorheadaches 12/22/09 - 12:48 am
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You are sooooo right KSL! I

You are sooooo right KSL! I hear that same tired argument all the time from liberals. Point is, if I don't drive or own a car, I'm not MANDATED to buy insurance! Try again gassy!

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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/22/09 - 05:44 am
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Well gaspring.......care to

Well gaspring.......care to admit being wrong about mandating car insurance yet? I doubt it. Liberals NEVER admit being wrong.

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1941 12/22/09 - 07:50 am
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You people are sick!!!! If

You people are sick!!!! If there was no government, you people would be living in a third world country!!! If you don't want the government in your "buisness" Then think of all the things this country would not have!!! The first would be freedom, If there was no government, then thier would be no armies!!! You people are stuck on stupid!!! You want the government to protect you from other countries, but you don't won't the government to make sure that they continue to get healthy men and women to fight wars, by making sure they have health insurance!!!Ig government, had not started social scurity, and medicare, most of you old bags, would be starving now!!!Get a life, and let the government run the country, you people are not qualified!!!!!!

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