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Health care: Private sector failure

On Feb. 25, I watched the health care summit. One fact that seemed to be agreed upon by all is that medical insurance companies have not served the American people well.

My wife went for three months last year without insurance. This year she finally took out insurance through Anthem Blue Cross with her premiums going up from $350 a month to $1,000, and this is before their scheduled increase in premiums of 37 percent. What also was made clear was the Republicans have no plan to care for the remaining 27 million people without insurance.

What saddens me most are the number of citizens I have met this year that don’t believe a person out of work should be entitled to health care. Whatever happened to the old fashioned ethic of the Good Samaritan? Health care costs are out of control and those with insurance will see the time come soon when they too will not be able to afford insurance. In the face of lack of control by all aspects of the health care industry the only answer is regulation.

The private sector, including doctors like me, have not risen to our responsibilities. Therefore, the government does have a role when the private sector fails to meet its obligation.

Dr. Robert A. Schweissinger

Grass Valley

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