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Health care stakes too high

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In my opinion, good health, healthy eating, physical activity, mental activity, health care, health education and research are vitally important to the quality of our lives and the success of our nation. At 9 a.m. this morning I obtained a colonoscopy that showed me to be free of colon cancer. Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery to remove the cancer. As a result of excellent medical care I am here today, all 6 feet, 190 pounds, and 76 years. The latter happened because our leaders designed a Medicare and an excellent retired teachers health care program. Here and now those programs are working successfully for me and a lot of other Americans.

My questions are: 1. What can we Americans do to convince our leaders of the desirability of having compassion for the 42,000,0000 people with no health care insurance? 2. What can we do to convince them to work cooperatively with President Obama and Democrats to pass a program beneficial to all Americans? (I am not asking that they make it perfect.)

Hugh R. Hays, PhD

Soldotna



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