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Home News Tribune / MyCentralJersey.com — Saturday, August 1, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Congressman Leonard Lance claims that H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, is bad for New Jersey and its residents.

Lance argues that, "over time, many Americans would be forced into" a government-sponsored health plan that would ultimately lead to the rationing of care, pointing to health care systems in Canada and Europe as examples. But, Congressman Lance completely misses the point.

H.R. 3200 is not a European or Canadian plan. It is a uniquely American plan. Its inclusion of a national public health insurance option is designed to bring choice to New Jersey residents and families and inject competition into an industry that, for so many years, has been dominated by greedy corporate executives who care more about their own profits than providing quality, affordable health care to the American people.

Up until now, private insurance companies have been allowed to seemingly do whatever they want with little regulation and almost no consequences for bad practices because of the monopolies they hold over American markets. That is why we need competition in the form of a national public health insurance option to hold private health insurance companies accountable for their actions.

Despite what Lance and his Republican colleagues might tell you, we must pass H.R. 3200. The status quo is not acceptable. If we wait to fix our broken health care system, our economy will simply get worse and more people will be uninsured and underinsured.

MICHELE WOODSON
New Brunswick

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