Letter: Health insurance belongs in the hands of the states

Hello, Mr. President.

I know that neither you nor I like socialism or socialized medicine, but there is a big problem in America today: Medicine has become unaffordable for the middle class.

Unless one works for the government or some big corporation, chances are you don’t have health insurance as a benefit.

There are lots of families and seniors before Medicare that can’t afford to purchase an expensive policy with high deductibles and co-pays.

We, in fact, have taken care of the poor under Medicaid and seniors over 65 who qualify for Medicare.

For the past 20 years, the middle class – for the most part – has suffered under wage stagnation and a poor economy, thus losing significant wealth and disposable income that would have allowed them to buy health coverage.

Now its time to keep your promise and stay out of socialized medicine. It is time to give this problem back to the states where it belongs with block grants from the federal government to help pay for health insurance.

In addition, you must insist on malpractice liability reform and fair pricing for drugs and procedures.

We will never return to the days when a chicken, or the promise of a chicken dinner, paid for a doctor’s visit.

But with government thinking outside the box, we can give ourselves good medicine.

William Ressegue