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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health care: Look at the big picture for all Americans

Dear Editor,

It is time we stop talking about the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act. Neither bill will be a success for the American people.

As a small-business owner, I have already seen that Obamacare hasn’t kept my costs down nor has it allowed me to provide a high-quality health coverage plan to my employees. The new AHCA would cause me to have my rates go up, because we have several older employees and several employees who have had medical events in the past.

We should reboot this discussion and talk about single-payer health care. It would be better to understand the issues of both parties so that we can bring radical transformation to this matter.

We need to look at the facts and keep the large lobbyists at bay. A single-payer program, one where employers no longer have to worry about negotiating with the greedy insurance and medical industries, can both reduce costs and provide greater coverage to those who need it.

As human beings, we could not have survived as a race without the charity of others in our group. Typically, our human desire to help others in distress is aroused in response to misfortunes in others. However, in this instance we have become focused on winning or losing for our “side.”

We need to take a step back and look at the broader picture for all Americans. Our goal should be to move forward as a nation both economically as well as with compassion for those who are sick or disabled.

Let’s start a new discussion.

Mark Pinsley

South Whitehall Township

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