A matter of cost


I read in the Sun Journal about those who oppose health care reform, or are against the public option. The various reasons given trouble me. Many, including members of Congress, are against the cost of health care reform. What about the trillion dollars dumped into Iraq, at questionable benefit to anyone but military contractors?

People rail against government involvement in health care when they have great government policies for themselves (Congress, Medicare, military, etc.). They don’t want the government handling health care, while ignoring the fact that many are already receiving those benefits.

Do those who have coverage have no empathy for the millions of Americans who do not? We all could be there soon.

I have good health insurance now. I pay a premium and my employer subsidizes a larger portion as a benefit. Even when I pay 10 percent for a medical procedure, the cost puts a major dent in my budget.

As Anthem and other health insurance agencies continue to ask for rate increases, it is easy to envision employers wanting a greater contribution for health care benefits, if they continue to offer the benefits at all. Everyone deserves health coverage.

I have a medical condition that requires surgery. I could possibly wait another year or two but with the current insecurity of health care’s future, I believe it is wiser to have the work done sooner, rather than later, regardless of the possible negative outcomes.

That is a decision, too, influenced by cost.

Jeff Harper, Auburn