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Elections: Health care not affordable

Shame on you Norma Smith for signing on to your latest press release regarding “affordable” drug prescriptions. Affordable for who? Lets do a brief, rounded number reality check for affordable.

Assume 300 million population, we are told that 20 percent of our population owns the vast majority of the wealth. That would, I’d say, be a number of people who could afford any price for the drugs or in other words 600,000. Give another 400,000 (close enough to the top for affordability). That would be 1 million. We know that 50 million, or more, are at or below poverty level, cannot afford medical care/prescriptions. That leaves 150 million somewhere in limbo or worse.

For the past 21 years I’ve been privy to these questions vis a vis my wife. She is a volunteer SHIBA, State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor/Coordinator, serving in matters of insurance coverage. From the outset of her service we have seen dramatic rises in insurance premiums and conversely an increase in the numbers who can no longer afford it. We see another rise already in place, due at the end of the year. It seems an almost exponential separation, and still no end in sight of it leveling off.

So to say “affordable” without qualifying it is at best a twisted truth and at worst a sad deception on the part of a candidate who is just starting out in the deadly game of politics. There is already too much of that in Washington, D.C., to need anymore.

Robert Waters


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