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Michael Moore’s SiCKO message

Bob Glassco’s misinterpretation of the message in the “Sicko” movie is reprehensible. It is not about charity for Americans seeking health care and pharmaceutical access. The American people are seeking a system that allows everyone the opportunity to buy into a universal health care system such as Medicare. A single-payer plan that would allow the government to work directly with physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to negotiate the best price for these services.

To suggest that private insurance companies can do a better job of delivering health care is ludicrous and disingenuous. Present and past performances by these companies show that the intent is to deny patients care in order to maximize profits. We must eliminate these tiers of profiteering, these middlemen, so that health care costs can be reduced and services improved.

Government and military personnel don’t have to worry about health care costs because we Americans pay for these services. Corporations are now cutting off health care and retirement benefits for its employees in response to the neocons’ intent to abolish Medicare and Social Security.

It is a national disgrace that the most powerful industrialized nation doesn’t provide a better means for Americans to have access to good medical treatments at a reasonable cost.

Chuck Idler

Grass Valley

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