Gloucester County Times

Health Compromise Best With House Bill

Gloucester County Times —Sunday, May 24, 2009

Letters to the Editor

I applaud U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-1st Dist., for his hard work on the House health care bill.

Now that the U.S. Senate has passed its own bill, a conference committee will merge the two bills into one final bill for another vote and the signature of President Barack Obama.

I hope that the committee members will look carefully at those areas we need desperately to fix for millions of American people: affordability of health care and health insurance for people at all low and middle income levels; a fair way to finance the plan; a way to control the exponentially rising costs.

The House bill does a better job in these three areas. It would help my working daughter and her husband, both currently uninsured, to afford the comprehensive individual policies they need in order to stay healthy enough to work.

We need to limit the greed of insurance company CEOs and the absurd amounts of money spent by insurance companies and medical institutions on politicians, political campaigns, advertising, administration, deceptive contracts and marketing. We should use that money instead to insure our fellow Americans.

We absolutely need to make these changes in order to reduce the health care deficit, which will continue to grow without reform.

Please encourage your senators and representatives to support a strong bill, so that the United States can begin the journey toward health care for all its people, regardless of income, employment status, health history, career choice or home state.

Please send a strong message to the health insurance industry that it is un-American to deny people health care while allowing CEOs like Cigna's H. Edward Hanaway to get paid $73 million for his retirement.

Marilyn Quinn

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