To The Editor:
This past week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on President Obama’s health care plan. Politics aside... not claiming to be a Republican nor a Democrat, I have several questions for the politicians to answer.
My first question is: “How do we control costs, limit pricey medical tests and reimburse doctors and hospitals at lower rates?”
My second question is: “How do we pay to insure the millions of Americans who are uninsured?”
My third question is: “Would someone explain to me in layman’s terms (words I can understand, without politician doubletalk) the fine that will be imposed on people who don’t get insurance?” It is my understanding that there will be exemptions which include people making little income, certain religious groups, and families who pay over 8 percent of their income. Maybe I should declare myself a “Shiite Baptist” and get an exemption! Religion always seems to be a bailout. If you don’t like a law you just have to say it is against your religion.
My fourth question is: “How will consumers fund the law?”
My fifth question is: “How will this affect the insurance companies?”
My final question is: “Is the new law here to stay?” Mr. Romney says that if he is elected he will move to repeal the law.
I am a true Missourian, born and raised in the “Show Me” state. To convince me one way or the other you’re going to have to show me the honest and true facts. As my grandpa used to say, “The proof is in the pudding,” but for right now we are just going to have to wait and see how things shake out.
This issue is truly a controversial one. Maybe I am just being cynical but my gut feeling is that we are a long way from having a bonafide national health care system. A system that will be honest and a system that can be trusted.