This is in response to the Sun Journal front page report on May 23, “Health care reform yes, soda tax no,” in which Sen. Olympia Snowe was quoted. The competition Snowe sees in health care financing is an illusion. Insurance companies act as a fiscal intermediary.They serve no logical function.

It is as silly as creating a fiscal intermediary level for food that would allow people to shop at either Shaw’s or Hannaford’s, but only after people paid a premium to an insurance company for the privilege to shop there.

Health care financing is broken at the federal level and everyone seems to know that except the senator, whose committee is in charge of fixing it. No other country in the world finances health care the way this country does. When will Sen. Snowe get it?

Jim Tierney, Auburn

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