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Concerned with reform

Dear Editor,

Health care reform is important and very much needed. It is doubtful that anyone would argue with that but have you ever wondered how our government can promise to cover tens of millions more people and yet it be "deficit neutral" as our president has promised? Here's the well kept secret.

Of the six or seven proposals being considered by the Democratic leadership, all meet President Obama's promise of "deficit neutral" for the first 10 years. After that, look out! You see the first year of the reform the government would start collecting more taxes and fees and the cuts in Medicare would start. It is only in the fifth year that all the benefits would kick in. Now you don't have to be a math major to understand that if you have a five year head start with revenue it is not hard to make the balance sheet balance!

If this were the crisis that they want us to believe, why would it take five years for it to become fully implemented? Could it possibly be that the full expense of the reform would kick in the year after our president's first term and after the next presidential election? Nah, no political consideration in that decision!

Four hundred billion dollars of the expense of this reform is to come from Medicare coverage through a reduction in the amount that goes to doctors and hospitals and from a reduction in Medicare fraud. I wonder how many doctors will continue their practices with the proposed reductions, what effect this will have on medical students who want to enter the field of medicine and, if there is so much fraud in Medicare, why has this not been addressed anyhow without the so-called reform? Does this mean that the fraud will continue if there is no reform? Why no tort reform is another pressing question? Do they not think that frivolous lawsuits are not an issue?

In Pat Caddell's latest poll (he was Jimmy Carter's Democrat pollster), he found that 40 percent of us believe that job creation is the most important issue right now followed by the need for reduction in the deficit at 25 percent and health care reform at 13 percent. So let's look at job creation after the stimulus spending of nearly $800 billion. We were promised 2.7 million new or "saved" jobs and the actual is a negative 3.5 million of 6.2 million less than promised. Forty nine or 50 states have lost jobs since the stimulus. Is this encouraging to anyone?

As badly as we need health care reform, can we really trust the health care that we about to get?