I'm writing because of Rep. John Salazar's connection with the Blue Dog Democrats standing in the way of affordable health insurance for all of us.
As things stand, America is in trouble because of skyrocketing costs and diminishing benefits in the private health-care system.
There are 50 million uninsured Americans and about as many underinsured.
Our House district has more than its share of these people.
Private health insurance sucks out one-third of the health-care premiums for advertising, corporate executive officer salaries, lobbyists, inefficiency and people who specialize in delaying and denying health care.
Every doctor's office has a staff to sort out the policies of 1,500 different insurance companies.
By contrast, the VA medical system and Medicare spend about 3 percent for administration.
Our bloated military budget is bigger than all the other countries in the world combined.
We are spending $50 million every day just for occupation in Iraq while people here go bankrupt on health-care bills.
It is time the health and well-being of folks in Colorado's Congressional District 3 count more than the profiteering taking place in private insurance.
I urge Rep. Salazar to co-sponsor and work for the single-payer health-care option in HR 676.
The legislation creates a national health-insurance program that covers everyone, no exclusions. The system allows free choice of doctors.
Health-care decisions will be worked out between patients and doctors, not insurance companies.
There will be tremendous savings to employers and people now paying for private insurance.
It will be paid for by a small surtax on incomes of more than $280,000 and small tax on employers and small co-pays.
Single-payer is tremendously popular in France, Germany, England, Taiwan, Australia and many other countries in Europe.
They never heard of bankruptcy because of health problems.
Their health outcomes are better than those in the United States.
Insist on single-payer. Call Rep. Salazar at 259-1012.
Tom Moore, Durango