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The wrong type of health care

Dear Editor:

We have a dysfunctional health-care system in the United States which is in dire need of reform. Unfortunately, the proposals coming out of the House Democrats and the Obama administration are headed in exactly the wrong direction – higher medical costs, higher taxes, rationing of medical care, and incentives that will inevitably lead to single-payer, government-run health care.

And all of this is being done in the name of helping some 47 million so-called uninsured, of whom the great majority receive medical care through Medicaid or SCHIP, or are young working Americans who can afford insurance but choose to use their money in other ways, or are illegal immigrants who by law are required to be treated in hospital emergency rooms.

By now, we’ve all heard that the director of the Congressional Budget Office, appointed by the House and Senate Democrats, has stated that the House bill will do nothing to lower health-care costs and will at the same time add significantly to an already crushing federal deficit. The president’s response has been to step up pressure on Congressional Democrats to pass this flawed legislation, his allies are airing deceitful doomsday advertisements on television, and the White House has bought off the AMA by promising the doctors that their Medicare reimbursements will not be further reduced. So much for cost containment.

And so much for thoughtful consideration of legislation that will impact not only the 17 percent of our economy already consumed by health care, but the broader economy in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, higher taxes and higher health care costs. If this is “genuine health care reform,” we’re living in an alternative universe.

Frieda Wallison

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