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Doubtful Health-Care Promises

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The May 12 news story "Obama Endorses Health Industry's Goal to Rein In Costs" reported that "administration allies cheered" promises by the health-care lobby, in a meeting with the president, to join reform efforts that would include expanded coverage. Those who believe such promises must already have insurance. Health insurance costs have been rising for decades, and the health insurance lobby has done everything it can to block significant changes in health-care policy.

I had my first seizure when I was 15. Fortunately, my family had health insurance that allowed me to quickly get the medical attention I needed. Now I have an employer that provides health-care benefits. Whether or not we acknowledge it, for most of us, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" depend on access to health care. If we believe what we proclaim our nation to be, access to health care should be a right -- not based on the luck of being born into an affluent family.

When will we wake up and demand that Congress and the White House place the rights and livelihoods of our people over those of the health-care industry?

SUSAN BURTON

Washington

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