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There Is A Breaking Point
In Dec. 17 Issue

Health insurance, health insurance.

The news has been swamped with reports of various options for health care reform.

The simple mention of reform coming from Washington is enough to scare most of us, but put financial woes and political party differences into the mix and it becomes extreme fear.

We all certainly have compassion for those who cannot or have not been able to receive proper health treatment. But, is this a bill to really help all of us that desperately need help or is this a bill to enable Obama to say we now have health care reform?

Without a doubt we can be assured health care reform will be more beneficial to politics than it will be to those in need.

It is very easy for Congress to mandate insurance companies, doctors, hospitals and others charge less and cover more, but there is a limit.

Most small hospitals are operating on the financial border line and additional cuts in payments would likely be devastating.

Most small businesses would very much like to provide health insurance to the employees but when they are operating on a shoe string budget, additional cost could very well take them to the breaking point.

Our government cannot operate within their own budget guidelines, cannot manage medicare, social security or any other program, yet they are quick to mandate  all others how to manage and provide.

A large majority of taxpayers have indicated to congress they are more concerned with other issues, such as unemployment, rather than healthcare, but our leaders maintain only they know what is best for all of us.

Politics will likely win this battle, but we believe taxpayers/voters are about to show Washington they need to pay attention.

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