Health-care system broken: Letters to the editor

Two members from the NWPA chapter have posted pro single payer letters on GoErie.com, Teresa Chylinskiî and Rebecca Pruveadenti.

I am a registered nurse in northwestern Pennsylvania and am very frustrated with how our health-care system has evolved. I believed in our Affordable Care Act as a start to change and reform.

Well, there has been change, all right, in favor of those who have been controlling the system all along, and we know what their priorities are: restricting access and improving the cash flow.

We now have insurance companies owning our hospital, and access to them depends on who your provider is. Really. Where is the patient choice? I know it’s not illegal for insurance companies to own hospitals, but it is unethical and a conflict of interest. Our governor has kicked the can down the road on this issue for the second time.

We need real government oversight here as soon as possible. What happened to what’s good for the general public? Isn’t that what government is for? Not what’s good for the corporations?

I am one person who is crying out in a sea of many. Please help us get out of this mess for the greater good. Give us a single-payer system that takes the fear and confusion out of health care. Reduce health-care insurance to the supplement it should be and give health care back to patients and their chosen health-care providers.

The system is still broken and moving in the wrong direction.

Teresa ChylinskiErie

the Second letter.

Why did the representative neglect to tell taxpayers about a huge taxpayer savings by way of Senate Bill 400, the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan? This plan, by our 2008 calculations, would have saved the Erie School District at least $12 million that year. Annually, a sizable savings would be repeated in each and every school district, municipality, etc., in Pennsylvania if the business-friendly SB 400, the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, was passed into law.

 

Such a law would take the sting out of union negotiations by never, ever having to talk about the cost of health insurance during contract negotiations, allowing business owners and employees to focus on productivity and wages.

 

We find union members in general are supportive of SB 400, but their leadership is not hearing their members, just as representatives don’t listen to their constituents. Instead, they point fingers at each other while school class sizes grow, buildings are closed and early childhood education is being squeezed, all while the taxpayer foots the bill.

 

While people in office like to blame teacher greed for the current dilemma, those of us who believe health care is a human right know the greedy death panel is the health insurance industry, including Big Pharma. They continue to hold the American public hostage with sky-high premiums for drugs, out-of-pocket expenses and co-pays so they can pay their CEOs $30 million a year in compensation and perks, pay for advertising, and the like.

 

For-profit health insurance companies do not provide health care. They provide expensive and complicated products designed to make a profit for the company.

 

To see how much your school district, municipality and county could save, go to www.healthcare4allpa.org/economic-impact-study.

 

Rebecca Pruveadenti¸president,

HealthCare4All PA NW chapter, Erie

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