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Letter: On health care, a better way

Anyone remember radio before television? There was The Green Hornet, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger and my favorite, broadcast on Saturday morning, the Let’s Pretend Hour. They were classic children’s stories. The imagination would create scenes as vivid as those on any television. I could pretend to do magical things. I even put on my father’s red band cape, stood on the porch railing and leapt into the sky. It was a lesson in reality. Little boys cannot fly.

So today as an adult much closer to my journey’s end than its beginning, I see in others the desire to pretend. My president, whom I have twice voted for, pretends that his signature effort, the so-called Affordable Care Act, is in fact affordable or is even health insurance reform. He pretends that the best health insurance plan does not exist – that a plan devised by doctors who practice medicine every day is somehow inferior to that devised by insurance companies for their profit and preservation.

The solution to our continuing health insurance mess is actually before us. It is HR 676: good for business, good for the people. Our reality today is the ACA, an unnecessarily expensive, very high cost-to-benefit, high-profit health insurance scheme. Doctors here in New Hampshire are so concerned about our medical future that a group has formed, the Granite State Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. E-mail them, including your postal address at gspnhp@gmail.com requesting HR 676 information.

JOHN SWARTZ

Wilmot

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