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Letter to the editor: Check the facts


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By DOUG FOSSAT
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Editor:

I would like to address Jerry B. Anderson and his letter to the editor (Sun Advocate, Aug. 11 "Health care access to bank accounts").

First off I respect Mr. Anderson's opinion regarding the health care issue. However, he has either been living under a rock or been out of the country to say that we have the best healthcare in the world. In 2000, The World Health Organization ranked the United States 37th in the world in healthcare. We did make number one in the world as the most expensive healthcare system on the planet. Maybe Mr. Anderson was referring to that mark as being the best.

I urge anyone who has any questions regarding healthcare reform to expand their knowledge beyond cable news and talk radio. Get to know the facts yourself and don't rely on anyone else's opinion. Talk with your healthcare provider or anyone you know in the healthcare industry. Let them enlighten you to all the problems we have in the U.S. regarding healthcare.

I'll close by addressing the right-wing rhetoric that Mr. Anderson felt so enlightened to share in his letter. He refers to the government having 24/7 access to your bank account. That is an outright lie and has been misconstrued from the wording in the bill that the House of Representatives presented to the Senate. Under the House bill, it is written that the "adjudication of claims" will have the option for you to "enable electronic fund transfers in order to allow automated reconciliation with the related healthcare payment..."

Now, if that scares you in this day of age, just think about how much access you give to your bank account to withdraw funds to pay a bill. Do you write a check, use a debit card, have your taxes paid or refunded electronically? Do you pay any of your bills online? Do you have an automatic payment made every month for your utilities? In this day of age it has become the norm to pay electronically, so why would anyone be surprised that that option would be included in the healthcare plan?

Please don't trust me. Check the facts for yourself.

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