Letter: Health care needs your help

To the editor:

Where is Lawrence Harrington when you need him? I'm sitting here ready to write a rebuttal to whatever he concocts, but my friend apparently has nothing left to say. Given this situation, I will instead write about the Health Care Rally that was held in Bennington last weekend. It was very well attended. There were many impassioned speakers who gave personal accounts of protesting the Republican health care bill in DC. This latest bill would have taken away health insurance from 16 million Americans. Among these are an estimated 60,000 Vermonters. Fortunately, three brave Republicans voted with the Democrats to kill the bill, and we have a reprieve. The White House and the Republican Congress are still up to no good. It seems that they have plans to sabotage Obamacare so that premiums will rise and many currently insured Americans will no longer be able to afford their insurance. Losing your health insurance puts your health and even your life at risk. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that the uninsured are 40 percent more likely to die prematurely. Needless to say, all of this could be avoided if we had universal health care financed through a single payer. If you think that this is the best way to proceed, you can find many allies at the local Rights and Democracy meetings. These are held on the first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at St Peters Episcopal Church (In Bennington).

— G. Richard Dundas



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