Issue One: Health-care reform

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Our royal leaders

In the past several years, three U.S. senators have suffered serious and prolonged illness -- Sens. Strom Thurmond, Tim Johnson and Ted Kennedy -- and two of them (Sens. Kennedy and Thurmond) died. During their illnesses, they received excellent medical care and medications through taxpayer-funded federal medical insurance.

For any senator or representative to now vote to deny some medical insurance to all Americans is ludicrous, wrong and, dare I say, un-American -- with a whiff of royal entitlement.

And let's not forget that the same premium medical insurance they receive is extended to all of their family members.

M. MARINO
Oakland


We deserve better

I am a Medicare recipient and I know that if I were 55 to 65 I would sign up like a shot. We need health-care reform. Almost anything is better than what we have, but the present Senate bill does not allow for a public option. Nor does it allow for an early Medicare sign-up.

We need something to eliminate the profit for insurance companies, and it would seem that competition is the only way. We need a public option.

BARBARA WATSON
Scott


Contemptible

So I guess Sen. Joe Lieberman gets to decide the future of health care for millions of underinsured Americans, and why not? After all, this career-long, arrogant politician enjoys exceptional health care at the expense of American taxpayers.

Mr. Lieberman's conduct, much like the voters of Connecticut, has been egregiously contemptible, but what is worse is the inept, impotent Democratic leadership.

OK, let's do the Democratic thing and capitulate, and while we're at it, let's freeze all government spending unless it's used for defense and Israel (which are acceptable to Mr. Lieberman), and let's not spend a penny on jobs or American interests.

BOBBY STAUFFER
Bolivar


A human right

The only way to have true health-care reform is to consider health care as a human right and provide it to everybody. For-profit insurance cannot provide good coverage because when you get sick it ruins their goal of making profit. We have to change the way we deliver health-care coverage. Medicare works. Let's build on that.

MARGARET HILEMAN
Squirrel Hill


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