The Star-Ledger

Affordable Health Care

The Star-Ledger — Saturday, July 18, 2009

Letters to the Editor

It was with shock and anger that I read Paul Mulshine's latest column ("Health Care Reform: Taking a shot at controlling costs," July 7), which claimed that Americans desire a health care system that provides "something close to immortality. But they don't want to pay for it." Mulshine should recognize that his ignorance is a luxury. Clearly he has never experienced, first-hand, the conditions that make urgent health care reform a necessity. He has never had to pay high out-of-pocket expenses for a bare-bones plan. He has never had to choose between medical care and mortgage payments or groceries. Yet this is a reality for many Americans.

We don't want immortality. We want insurance options that treat us with dignity and respect. And we don't mind paying for it, as long as we get what we're paying for.

I want the option of a public health insurance plan that is affordable, comprehensive, and accountable to those it serves. No more, no less.

Angela Aiuto, Metuchen

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