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Health care costs most likely going up … and up

By January 23, 2011

EDITOR:

The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka by some Obamacare).

A few of their concerns causing this vote: Insurance companies required to spend 80 percent of premiums on health care claims, insurance companies required to accept those with pre-existing conditions, insurance companies required to insure youths on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

Insurance companies, insurance companies, insurance companies. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it appears their concerns are centered on insurance companies and profits.

May I suggest their future solutions will also be fixed on insurance companies, with little or no concern for the millions uninsured or the approximately 40,000 who die each year because they do not have health insurance. About 3,000 died on 9/11, yet more than 13 times that number die each year with little or no concern — about 360,000 dead since 9/11 with no national outcry. Of course, in our dog eat dog world I understand we wouldn’t care unless we or our family members are among the 360,000 dead.

Has anyone considered Medicare for all? But that would essentially put insurance companies and their lobbyists out of business. We can’t have that, so the plan appears to be get rid of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and then business as usual with insurance premiums going up and up.

Profit before care seems to be the American way.

JAMES E. LONGHOFER

Placerville

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