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By Rob Holston


March 22, 2010
Monday PM

Letter to the editor

The following is taken from a recent email from Senator Mark Begich: "Health reform will NOT bust the bank ­ it is fully paid for. The money will come from cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs, ending big subsidies to insurance companies and increasing efficiency by coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. Reform takes money already being spent on health care and re-allocates it. We can reduce unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies, negotiate cheaper drug prices and cut unneeded hospital readmissions. The Senate bill also taxes the most expensive insurance plans (the vast majority of Alaskans won't be affected) with the goal of making good benefits affordable, while the House pays for reform through a health tax on families making more than $1 million annually."

This sounds like rhetoric from a man I would NOT buy a used car from! The money to pay for the new government health care program is going to come from the savings "....from cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs.............". That is truly amazing!!! Now Mark, let me get this right; you are saying that existing GOVERNMENT RUN health programs are "wasteful", subject to widespread "fraud" and "abuse" to the extent that by simply eliminating (No, I mean "cutting") the "waste, fraud & abuse" we can pay for the entire health care bill? That much admitted GOVERNMENT RUN WASTE, FRAUD, & ABUSE would make me want to clean up our existing mess now and take those savings to pay down the national debt!!! "Get the weasels out of the hen house before building a new hen house and hiring more weasels to operate it."

Instead you want to create another GOVERNMENT HEALTH BUREAUCRACY, with how many employees??? And how much opportunity for waste, fraud and abuse??? To #1. Clean up existing waste, fraud and abuse: #2. Become the "health care savior of America: #3. Manage the new MEGA-Health Care Bureaucracy totally free of "waste, fraud & abuse."????

God be with you. Divine intervention is the ONLY hope that logic like this has.

Rob Holston
Ketchikan, AK


Received March 20, 2009 - Published March 22, 2010



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