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Take action on health care

Dear Editor:

I am a recently self-employed individual. I attempted to acquire major medical health insurance for myself and was denied because of a pre-existing prescription that if purchased myself was only $48 a month. They didn’t even bother to up my already inflated premiums. This is a very basic and common prescription, and I cannot believe how hard it is to get personal health insurance.

A new federal study shows that health care spending rose to an estimated $2.5 trillion in 2009, or $8,047 per person – and is now projected to nearly double by 2019.

If we don’t act, this growing burden will mean more lost jobs, more families pushed into bankruptcy, and more crushing debt for our nation.

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This isn’t a problem we can kick down the road for another decade – or even another year.

We are incredibly close to passing real health reform. I stand with President Obama in calling on Congress to finish the job.

Too many in Washington are now saying that we should delay or give up reform entirely, but Americans understand the stakes for our economy and our lives, and that we want action.

Christopher Laursen

Aspen


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