… prove it

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

All I hear about is how this plan will lower the deficit and help U.S. cit­i­zens. Be­fore we add 40 mil­lion more to the in­sur­ance rolls through the pres­i­dent’s plan—and add an­other tril­lion dol­lars of debt to this coun­try, show us the proof.

Cor­rect the Medi­care fraud. Prove that elec­tronic health records will lower costs. Cor­rect pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. De­velop an al­ter­na­tive to the mo­nop­oly the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies pro­vide. Cre­ate the sin­gle-payer and pub­lic op­tion plan.

Show us that this is not a new tax pro­gram and doesn’t pe­nal­ize Medi­care pa­tients. For ev­ery $200 bil­lion you save, add 10 mil­lion of the cur­rent unin­sured to the new fed­eral plan. Lower the costs by $800 bil­lion be­fore you spend the tril­lion dol­lars you don’t have

Steve Lakner Naperville, Ill.

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