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As a health professional, I am appalled at the salaries and bonuses of Highmark's CEOs ("Highmark CEO Compensation Tops $6M," March 16) including Ken Melani, who was fired last April.

How can top management receive such compensation? While many cannot afford health insurance and many cannot even afford the copays, this is a prime example of disparity in the classes.

Statistics show that countries that have such inequities of the classes have poorer outcomes in all areas of social issues including health care. This is another example of disparity among the different economic classes.

While free enterprise is part of the American culture, I do not believe that anyone or any corporation should profit from someone's misfortune.

LOIS SLOCUM, R.N.
Upper St. Clair


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