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Baking up support for universal health care

As always, the devil is in the details. Steve Comontofski’s letter on June 25 says universal health care “… just won’t work,” but it does not mention that the legislative analyst’s study is a “bottom-line estimate,” not a certainty.

In fact, the same study says there are two alternate scenarios. In the worst case, universal health care could cost $23 billion more and in the best case, $23 billion less. So much for actually knowing what it would cost!

In addition, Mr. Comontofski does not mention that this “estimate” was done based on figures from a 2005 study by the Lewin Group (www.healthcareforall.org/studies.html), which had projected an $8 billion overall savings for health costs in California from a similar bill. Unfortunately, Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed that bill in early 2007, and health care costs have skyrocketed since.



On a personal note, this is the only civilized country I know where citizens hold bake sales or pizza nights to pay for a loved one’s surgery, hospital expenses or cancer treatment. Bankruptcy from medical expenses happens only in America.

So, whenever a hotly contested issue comes along, such as universal health care, I look for the truth by following the money and by asking the famous Ronald Reagan question: Are we better off today than we were (however many) years ago?




Katherine Scourtes

Grass Valley


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