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The Star-Ledger — Saturday, July 25, 2009

Letters to the Editor

I was not surprised to read the scare tactics employed by Rep. Leonard Lance in his July 12 article opposing the Democratic health care plan ("But Dem plan won't work"). After all, he voted against equal pay for women in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why, then, would he consider advocating for health care for the masses?

As a traditional Medicare (government-run health care plan) recipient, I can vouch that there is absolutely no government bureaucrat standing between me or any of my doctors, although that did happen when I had a private health care plan. My Medicare is the best insurance plan I have ever had, and I only wish everyone else could have the same access to it as I. This is the kind of plan the Democrats have in mind as their "public option" and that the private health care insurance industry is so afraid will take their business away. It is obvious that Lance, whose net worth has been estimated by OpenSecrets.org as between $1.8 million and $3.8 million is out of touch with the common people.

Karen R. Searle, Berkeley Heights

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