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June 9, 2013

Priority should be on change, not blame

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

A recent letter in The Transcript by Steve Byas criticized the paper for implying “that Republicans are less compassionate and caring for people than Democrats.” Whether Democrats or Republicans, we need to be more concerned about the situation our country is in with respect to the unacceptable medical care and costs for so many people. I find The Norman Transcript more responsive to these various issues than most of our other leading newspapers in the South.

A recent editorial in The New York Times states and gives examples of where various medical procedures are as much as ten to twenty times the cost in other industrialized countries. Most insurance companies go along with these prices and simply raise the insurance premiums. Medicare and Medicaid do place some controls. A physician recently had some tests run for me, not that I felt them necessary, and I was not told Medicare and my supplemental insurance might not pay for this. They did not approve and the bill came back twice what Medicare would have paid. I was told I would have to pay that amount.

Over a million veterans are uninsured and a quarter of these, living in 23 states that haven’t accepted the Affordable Care Act, will not get Medicaid. The American Legion believes all veterans should be cared for by Veterans Affairs, but this is an unrealistic expectation since most can’t get these services. Companies and people made trillions from our many foreign wars, placing our country deep in debt, but we can’t provide the proper medical care needed by those that served so honorable nor the rest of the people in need in our country.

We need to be placing our efforts on electing politicians, in whichever party, that will get change made in our unacceptable treatment of people in need in our country.

Edward V. Harris

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