As it most assuredly was with millions of others, a few days ago I received an email from J. B. Poersch, executive director of the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee). The letter implored me to contribute what I could afford. Money was needed to help the Party retain control of the Senate in the 2010 elections. Except for my personal address etc., what follows is my snail-mail response to Poersch.
Edward J. Tubbs
XXXX Bxxxxxxxx St
Palm Springs, CA
June 25, 2009
Mr. J. B. Poersch, Executive Director
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
120 Maryland Avd., NE
Washington, D.C. 2002
Dear Mr. Poersch:
The topic is healthcare reform.
What follows immediately is for demographic purposes only. I am a 63-year-old US Army Infantry veteran (RA 16 805 398; June 22, 1964 - June 21, 1967). Furthermore, as a benefit of my service I am receiving excellent health care through the Veterans Administration at no cost to me whatsoever. As I am so fortunate, some wonder why I'm as passionate as I am about reforming America's healthcare delivery system.
The answer to that is summed tersely: On every level, the country I love is falling apart, and much of it, perhaps most, is attributable to our wholly dysfunctional healthcare delivery scheme.
Hundreds of millions of our citizens are suffering with exorbitant premiums (whether or not employer paid or individually), and, except for the insurance industry, many healthcare providers, health equipment manufacturers, and the pharmaceutical industry, businesses large and small are carrying a burden that makes of them noncompetitive in an aggressively competitive world. Almost like a tragic cancer patient, my country is slowly dying. And this we must not let it do.