Dear Speaker Boehner:
I am a musician, a member of a symphony orchestra that belongs to a national group known as the Regional Orchestra Players’ Assoc. Most of the musicians who perform in these orchestras are not covered by insurance carried by their employer, even though I believe most of the office staff do have such coverage.
When one of our members gets sick, even if they have insurance which costs MORE because they must get individual coverage (as is my case), it would be unusual indeed for such a person to be able to pay the out of pocket expenses. Thus you will find neighborhood fund raisers being held to help these people. This was the case for the timpanist in the Erie Philharmonic who was diagnosed with cancer.
It happens over and over in this country. Not so in Canada where their citizens are treated with respect and their health needs addressed regardless of income. I have very personal experience with the Canadian system and have nothing but praise for it. My family all live in Canada and my parents have had the good fortune to be cared for within that system, by competent, caring doctors and hospitals who respond quickly to all needs and I have been closely involved in the care my parents have received.
Don’t think that because you have a superior plan supplied to you by virtue of your position that the rest of the citizens of this country have access to anything like this. My husband and I have insurance, but I know that if we should go to a doctor, the insurance company will deny payment, the doctor’s office will be overworked by unnecessary paperwork, and we will be billed for insurance and the doctor’s visits, any tests and by the hospital. And when a citizen has health issues they are then overwhelmed by claims and paperwork at a time when they are most vulnerable and unable to cope. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN CANADA. I THANK GOD EVERY DAY THAT MY PARENTS HAD CANADIAN HEALTHCARE – NOT THE INSURANCE RUN NON-CARE (scheme) THAT WE GET IN THE U.S.
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