Health care plan is financially sound

March 23, 2013 

I appreciate the article on health care and the outreach for justification. After considerable research, it is clear that health care for all citizens is financially sound, a practice in every developed nation. Our current health care ranks 40th in the world and is the most costly. Europe averages $3,000 to $4,000 per person compared to $8,000 per person in the United States.

The individual mandate was initiated by Lamar Alexander and Lindsay Graham, Republican senators, then rejected when the president supported the plan. The new 80-20 rule requires insurance companies to spend at 80 percent of your premium dollars on your health care rather than excessive costs or CEO bonuses. The act assists America's small business — often 18 percent more is paid than larger employers. The act also helps to pay for the small employers that will receive the credit.

As a humane society, we need to provide health care for all citizens instead of the trillions we spent on two unfunded wars while providing a tax break for the top 2 percent. The pre-existing condition for constituents is unacceptable.

The Republican Congress filibustered a motion to delete a government option that could have provided a competitive environment for private insurers. It is obvious that these legislators are in the hip pockets of the health insurance industry.

CHARLES DUNNING

Ceres

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