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Healthcare Reform? What Do You Care?

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And if you're SIMPLY HEALTHY, you have at least an extra $550 a month in your wallet that you're not dishing out for a string of prescription drugs. (Viagra, $20 a pop. Lescol to lower your cholesterol, $115 per month. Tricor for triglycerides, $49 per month. Mobic for the arthritis pain, $123 per month. Enlarged prostate? Flomax, $119 per month and Vesicare, $144 per month. If you're a woman, skip the Flomax and add Boniva to help stem the onset of osteoporosis. $306.59 for 3 tablets.)


Perhaps you're one of the lucky ones who fall into these categories. You're not overcharged and underinsured. A very good thing. So it may be easy for you to say that healthcare in America is just fine, thank you very much. But if you're one of 47 million Americans who don't fall into one of these groups, then you'll have a significantly different view. However, in the long run we all pay the costs of broken healthcare. If not directly, then indirectly in higher taxes and in the higher medical bills charged to compensate for the uninsured. Or even in our own lower property values that result from our cancer stricken neighbor's financial ruin and home foreclosure.


In this wonderful country of ours that offers perhaps the best healthcare in the world . . . to those who can afford it . . . we cannot afford morally or financially to put this issue aside for another ten years. Forget the rhetoric and the posturing. How can any American conclude that every American shouldn't have access to some generally acceptable level of sound medical care?


If we can just get to that common ground, maybe we can all ask Congress to quit their bickering and work to the benefit of every American. . . for America.

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