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LETTER: We need real solutions to health care problem

By Bill Monroe, Fulton
July 24, 2009 | 12:56 p.m. CDT

It is about time we heard from our Representative on a substantive topic, no matter how off the wall he is.

"... I cannot and will not support a public health care system that rations health care and allows a government bureaucrat to make life-and-death decisions when it comes to people’s health."

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Well,no one support such a thing. This is NOT what is proposed and our Rep. knows it. Luetkemeyer's statement is the 9-second sound bite he has been coached to use in referencing a public option and has nothing to do with reality.

Also, we now know where Blaine Luetkemeyer's priorities are:

"... one thing is clear — small business owners need meaningful reform that increases access to quality, affordable health care."

I concur with this completely, but there is so much more need out there than that which applies solely to "small business owners." What about the 47 million uninsured in this country? We need a public health option to compete with private insurance to bring down costs and provide coverage for folks who now have nowhere to turn. Every year, thousands are going bankrupt because of medical expenses, bringing down small businesses along with the rest of us. Our health care system is broken.

We need real solutions, not sound bites.

We need him to support President Obama's efforts to bring America into the 21st century with a health care system at least equal to that of other industrialized nations.