After receiving the letter from Organizing for America in which it asked that liberals in McCotter's district send a letter to local newspapers condemning him for voting against Obama-Pelsoi health bill, I decided to write one in support. It was published in the Detroit Free Press and the Westland Observer. The Observer added it into their opinion column with a letter that showed the opposing point of view and I thought her story was so comical that I decided to post them both here, It should also be noted that the Observer adds their own headline or title to each article, no matter what I send them, they add a title they feel is appropriate.

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Disappointed in McCotter

I cannot begin to express my disappointment with Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's nay vote on the health care/insurance system reform bill.
My own personal story exemplifies why such reform is necessary. My health began to deteriorate about 25 years ago. At the time, I had insurance, and thus went to doctors who mostly practiced according to “the accepted standard of care.” Over the next 15 years, what with the testing (much of it duplicated several times, or even outright unnecessary) and hospitalizations, more than $2.5 million was spent trying to get me healthy. At that point, my insurance coverage was exhausted and my policy was canceled.
Left to my own devices, I became a much more savvy consumer of health care services. Since eating vegetarian seemed to make me feel better, I became one, for the most part. I quit smoking, lost weight and integrated 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise into my daily regimen.
Since the health insurance I had had throughout the 1980s and 1990s had no provisions for preventative care, none of the many doctors I was treated by ever suggested I follow such a course of action — after all, the sicker I was, the more they got paid. I am now healthier than anytime in the past 25 years.

Janice L. Messer

The correct vote

I'd like to personally thank Rep. Thad McCotter for standing his ground and voting no against this latest health care bill. This 2,000 plus-page bill is filled with tax increases, decreases in health care services and cuts for the handicapped and elderly.

AARP over the past decade has transitioned from an advocacy group to an insurance company. It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. They stand to make a lot of money off the seniors when Obama slashes their lower cost competitor, Medicare Advantage.

The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21-percent cut in physicians' reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut, if they backed his bill. The cuts were made years ago by a law requiring annual 5- to 6-percent reductions in doctor reimbursements for treating Medicare patients. Each year Congress has rolled the cuts over, suspending them, but not repealing them. So every year, the cuts threatened doctors. By now, they have risen to 21 percent. With this leverage, Obama was able to convince the AMA to support this bill or else!

The drug industry also backed ObamaCare and in return got administration promises that they will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. All it had to do was put its massive advertising budget at the disposal of the administration.

The only industry that refused to knuckle under was the medical device manufacturers. They stood for principle and wouldn't go along with Obama's blackmail. So the Senate Finance Committee retaliated by taxing medical devices, such as automated wheelchairs, pacemakers, stents, prosthetic limbs, artificial knees and hips and other life-enhancing devices.

And to add salt to the wound, Nancy Pelosi slipped in a clause that could take the current top tax rate of 35 percent to 45 percent.

If people really dig into this issue, they will see what is really happening here and it is not health care that Congress is debating, but rather our money and freedoms.

Phil Solarz
Westland, MI

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Comment by Sharon Lollio on November 15, 2009 at 6:59pm
Great letter Phil. Nice to see you took the time to send a letter explaining our side of the health care reform issue. Nicer that the Free Press/Observer printed it.

Too bad it took Janice all those trips to the doctor's running tests rather than her (or someone close to her) using a little common sense in regards to pointing out that eating right, stop smoking, losing some weight and doing exercise would have worked together in making her health better.

The truth and tragedy of this story is people like Janice going to the doctors for a cure that is already pretty obvious. So now let's just open the system up for everyone to get in line with these "ailments" and make the wait longer to see a doctor for those who do have serious illnesses. God help us!

I don't need preventive care in my insurance policy to make me aware that smoking, eating trash and laying around watching television while doing it, is bad for my health.

Using Janice's words I would prefer to be "left to my own devices" - it's everyone else's "vices" I don't want to be financially held responsible for.

This administration hs yet to prove to me how this reform is going to be paid for. Along with many of us going down financially, some of the so called rich are going under as well. And I'm sure there are those that are going to be finding ways to control their income to avoid the target taxes being aimed at them.

Then my hard working friend, the final bill will fall firmly on the shoulders of the middle class. Whoa! I'm so upset I think I have to go have a smoke.

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