Burlington County Times

Health Care Language

Burlington County Times — Sunday, August 16, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Congress has its own language when it comes to health care reform, which can make the health care debate rather confusing to the rest of us.

To help everyone out, here are a few translations of the common phrases we are hearing in the health care debate.

Compromise: A feel-good term that is actually a deal that hurts consumers and benefits greed-driven, profit-hungry insurance companies who use profits from health care premiums to donate millions of dollars to political campaigns.

Health care co-op: A false alternative to a real public-option health care plan that will severely limit our ability to control health care costs and will continue to allow private insurance companies to turn billions in profits at the expense of the public.

Ration care: What accountants at health insurance companies do to increase corporate profits at the expense of their customers.

Socialist: A term used to evoke an irrational fear of those who believe that health care is a human right, not a commodity.

Congressman John Adler, D-3rd of Cherry Hill, is going to be traveling the district this month.

If you hear him use any of these terms, let him know that you understand what he is really saying.

David Hopkins
Willingboro, NJ

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