Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Letter: Demand U.S. health care reform

health care reform

Health care reform is needed and needed now. Some think this is merely an option. The No. 1 issue on health care should be getting the heath care you need when you need it and at an affordable price, period. Health care should be a right, not a privilege.

The insurance industry, drug companies and health care administrators have been in charge of this process. They created the mess. Their No. 1 concern is profit, not your health. Always has been and always will be. Some seem to agree, that is the way it should be. They have had decades to find a solution. They failed, why? Because it is not in their interest. They don't see anything wrong with double digit premium increases and then denying coverage for sick people. I find it amazing they can find people who agree with them. But then they have been spending an average of $1.5 million a day lobbying for their interests. They try to scare you into opposing a public option.

This is the United States of America, we should be able to come up with a system that works for all of us. That means a public option is necessary if we don't want continued failure. Ever try dealing with an insurance company when you have a claim? Having insurance is supposed to give you peace of mind, not added stress. Today it doesn't work that way.

If you get your health care coverage through your job, health care premiums have risen 138 percent in the last decade and are predicted to double again in the next decade if nothing is done. Can your company afford $20,000 to $30,000 per year premiums? Can you? Many employers are dumping health care coverage for their employees and especially retirees. You could be next. Companies are moving operations overseas to escape these high costs. We have already given away too many of our good paying jobs. People die because they have no coverage. This is just plain wrong. We voted for change, now we should demand it.

Tom Stensberg


Wisconsin River Valley Steelworkers Coalition

Wisconsin Rapids

Chad Stelmacher


USW Local 94

Wisconsin Rapids