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What do you think?

October 31, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should health care reform include a government-run public option?

o"Most Americans do agree we need reform, but this reform should be tort reform, cross-state selling and more stable policy handling with pre-existing conditions. How many bright college students will choose to go into medicine if this legislation passes? Do we really think a student wants to be in school for nine years to make $70,000 per year? No. What Congress is trying to pass is absolute garbage and we all know it. Health care reform has more to do about Progressives taking over our lives and 20 percent of our economy en route to socialism and/or communism."

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o"I do not understand why our society has decided that the government needs to take care of everyone. We already have government-run health care. It is called Medicaid and Medicare. Instead of creating a whole new system, just change the standards for those programs and put the '40 million uninsured' into those programs. We have an administration that feels the need to punish the group of people that does what they are supposed to in order to help the 'less fortunate.' I have personal responsibility and feel the government shouldn't make me responsible for those who are 'less fortunate.'"

o"To enlighten some folks, many people have full-time jobs or perhaps two part-time jobs. Either the company they work for does not provide health insurance or it is too expensive to buy because of low wages. Yet they make too much to be covered under Medicaid. Therefore, millions of people have no insurance. You would think the majority of people would understand that if everyone had health insurance, it would be less costly in the long run for the hospitals that provide millions of dollars of free care."

o"I voted yes. It is the only way this bill will get defeated. Anyone in Congress who supports this ... government-run public (i.e., taxpayer funded) option will be on their way out the door. Especially those who are up for re-election in 2010. This debate is about power and who has it. That is it."

o"At some point in our life spans, each of us will either be glad we had health insurance or regret not having it. Old age and its infirmities are very expensive. Young people feel immune and say it's not necessary to be insured. But for those of us who live long enough, health care insurance will be a necessity at some time in our lives. What is fair, in my eyes, is for everyone to participate in a health care insurance plan, paying at the same rate throughout the life span, perhaps based on income, but not based upon age or health status."

o"The status quo favors only giant insurance (companies) and medical treatment conglomerates owned and operated by doctors. With 95 percent of Americans just one serious illness away from bankruptcy, losing homes, cars and families being destroyed, it's time something is done for their protection."

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