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Opinion

March 25, 2014

Wake up calls

Today, I turn on the television after returning from the morning trip to the fitness center and guess what the first thing I see is? One of the talking heads telling us the Post Office will need a bail-out from the government that will approach $100 billion because of unfunded health care liabilities for active and retired postal workers.

Every day the news is flooded with the status of enrollees for new folks seeking insurance under the new law (Affordable Care Act) that dominates the news. This will go on until the folks wake up and realize that the cost of health care must come down and we want a system of care; not a market that only provides care if you have the money to pay the administrative cost of the insurance industry and runaway price of hospitalization.

We need a direct pay system similar to Medicare with a single payer system to eliminate the huge administrative cost associated with the present insurance system. Spending billions on advertising and a reported 30 percent for administration does not make a lot of sense, does it?

A wake-up call is coming that no matter what our present government proposes; health care cost reaching 18 to 20 percent of our total GNP in the United States is a disaster beyond any flood, hurricane or war that we have fought. The erosion of the middle class will be catastrophic. The only way to stop this tsunami is your voting power that puts people in office that represent you, not the special interests with billions to spend electing their candidates. We need to get back to doctor’s helping patients and chunk all the other garbage overboard.

I turned off the news that has become a redundant theme attempting to sell a product that does not solve the problem of cost and decided to read my local Register-News paper. I want to say this as succinctly as I possibly can.

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