The Herald (March 25) published the results of a man on the street" interview session in which people were asked, How
does the new health-care bill affect you?" I noticed more than one person thought they weren't affected because their
employer pays their premiums.
I'd like to point out that it's ultimately the employee's money that pays the premiums. This is money that comes right
out of your compensation. Just because your employer buys the policy doesn't mean it doesn't cost you.
For those of you who don't like the idea of paying for health care for those who don't have insurance, do you realize
you're paying their bills now? When an uninsured person shows up at a hospital, they are seldom turned away. We all end
up paying for their treatment through our inflated bills and premiums. By allowing health insurance companies to reject
people with pre-existing conditions and pricing others out of the market, we end up subsidizing them.
If everyone is required to buy insurance and pay according to their ability, we have shifted the risk to the insurance
company, where it belongs. About two weeks ago, a writer referred to the president and his administration as arrogant
and inept." I don't think a president who goes on national TV and practically begs the opposition to come to the table
and work on the health-care bill can be called arrogant. In fact, Republicans showed their arrogance by refusing to
negotiate. Of course, they had no choice, having already sold themselves to the insurance companies. If they wanted
insurance reform, they would have introduced it during the eight years George Bush was in office.
I urge all my fellow residents to take the time to educate yourselves and reason things out. Otherwise, we will surely
repeat our mistakes of the past.
Frank Pace, Vallecito