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Thank you for the correction, Maseda

Posted: October 15, 2009 6:44 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I would like to recant my letter (“Vakay doesn’t get it,” Oct. 8) and thank Stephen Maseda for the public awareness he provided in his column (“Vogel wildly incorrect,” Oct. 13).  

I did make a “wildly incorrect” error and should have noticed it prior to sending it in. I am limited to the number of words that can be printed and that can be difficult when one has so much they want to write.

My original letter was well over 450 words. However, while trying to get my letter down to 300 words, I inserted incorrect information.

I erroneously stated that every 30 seconds someone dies due to the lack of health insurance. According to several reputable Internet sites from which I obtained my information, the 30 seconds referred to the amount of foreclosures that are filed due to medical issues and a very large percent of those are due to a lack of health insurance.  

The number of deaths I was referring to was every 30 minutes. That’s a very large difference.

I had even included the SCHIP program that Maseda mentioned in his column in my original lengthy letter.

Yes that program is available to children in “below poverty level” households, but it does not help those in the 18 to 24 year-old range — those “young people” who often don’t receive health care benefits due to part-time/low paying jobs.

Maseda’s column showed that whether one is a journalist, blogger, columnist or letter writer, we should all be thoughtful of the words we write. There are many who will believe those words.  

After all, the statement that “America has the best health care system in the world,” is what provoked me to write in the first place.

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