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Buck, I’m counting on you

Posted: November 12, 2009 8:32 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Dear Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon,

I am writing to ask you to please reconsider your position against health care reform and support the upcoming final House vote.  

Three years ago, I lost my job as an executive at a major movie studio and was unable to afford the COBRA payments to keep my health insurance. I bought an individual policy to cover myself, my husband and my children at about $400 a month. Two years ago, I had a very difficult pregnancy that caused me to need extensive medical care both before the delivery of my daughter and after. I was unable to pay the bills beyond what my insurance was willing to pay and filed for bankruptcy in an effort to save my home.

I have been unable to afford insurance since I turned 40, as the lowest estimate I’ve been able to obtain is $1,200 per month for my family.

I have not been to a doctor for quite a while, even longer for a dentist, but I have had to go to the emergency room when I got really sick last spring — and I have been unable to pay the $10,000 bill from that.

I am not looking for a handout or to depend on the government for my health care, but the current system does not work and is costing way more money than it should.

The Democratic plan that your office told me you oppose would appear to help people in my position, whereas the Republican plan would not.

Additionally, the Democratic plan claims to be able to start reducing the deficit and I think we all agree that is imperative. Please reconsider your position. You are my elected representative and I am counting on you.

Thank you.


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