Vail Daily letter: Better off with health insurance |

Vail Daily letter: Better off with health insurance

Katherine Delanoy
Vail, CO, Colorado

I just finished reading Mr. Butler’s letter against the health care bill, and he got me wondering about what the middle class is and whether they should have health insurance.

I used to be middle class. Now that I am living primarily on Social Security and a small annuity, I wonder if I still am.

Back in the 1930s, many people were furiously against Social Security, but I don’t know where I’d be without it.

Mr. Butler, if you slip out of the middle class into poor and can’t afford health insurance, you won’t have to pay for it.

My reaction is that anyone who can afford health insurance should have it, just as one is required to buy car insurance.

Otherwise, and the statistics are clear, all the people who have health insurance are helping to pay the doctor bills of those without, even those who could afford it.

Out of the little money I have, I pay over $232 for my medical supplement every month, and the price does up every year in spite of the fact that I am very healthy for my age.

I know that my extra is helping to pay for those who are in worse health than I am. I no longer have a TV, a car, or a land line phone to help make up the difference.

I would bet, Mr. Butler, that you and all the businesses that you are concerned about will be better off with the majority of Americans having health insurance, and that the population as a whole will be better off.

Katherine Delanoy


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