Healthcare is an American issue

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: (This a response to the letter “Healthcare plan is not the answer” submitted by Mr. Edgerton.)

The healthcare plan submitted by Sen. Burr does nothing to answer the continuing issue of insurance company denial and recession of policyholders. It also does nothing to answer the ongoing issue of denying insurance to those with pre-existing conditions.

I do not believe there can be a total free market answer to an issue that directly affects the life and potential death of our fellow citizens.

If insurance carriers have such a great product, why then are they scared of competing with the “public option?” Do UPS or FedEx fear competition of the U.S. Postal Service? I do not think so.

This is not a Republican or Democratic issue; it is an American issue. It will take a combination of governmental and free-market initiatives. Sen. Burr’s proposal is one-sided and saddled to the insurance lobby that heavily contributes to his campaign.