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This is not the answer

October 2, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

As a parent who has raised two diabetic children, being responsible for their medical insurance, deductibles and other expenses, I was concerned how the health care reform bill would affect my children.

To get more information, I attended a meeting at the Estherville hospital, where a representative of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was speaking on the then-pending health care law now known as Obamacare.

After listening to his presentation, I talked to him about specifics regarding people with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, if they are insured under any government health care plan. He explained that they will be "categorized" by the government. I then asked him if that meant that these people may or may not get care, he reluctantly responded yes, that is what it means.

To be put under the government health care plans, all that needs to happen is a change in your current plan. It can be as simple as a change in your deductible. If the company you work for decides to opt out and pay the government fines instead of offering insurance, that puts you into a government-run health care plan.

If that happens to you, be prepared to see restrictions in care. These restrictions will affect people who have Medicare and Medicaid plans as well. These mandates are scheduled to take affect beginning in January 2013.

I am perfectly aware of issues with health care, but having the government, not a doctor, determine the care you will receive is not the answer.

Peg Rock

Swea City



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