To the Editor: Latta urged to support true health care reform
Written by Michael R. Slone   
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 08:59
To Congressman Latta:
I must urge you to support true health care reform. It is time to stop playing politics with this life and death issue. I am well aware that you and your Republican cohorts are attempting to defeat the president's agenda in any way possible in the hopes of gaining seats during the midterm election.
In lieu of political obstructionism, I would like to see you and your colleagues get behind true reform and the essential public option that will provide health coverage to all Americans - we deserve nothing less. Though it is unlikely you will take me up on this suggestion, the least you and your Republican colleagues can do is to offer an alternative plan that will bring down the care costs while insuring every American.  Think of all the lives that will be lost needlessly by the politicization of this fundamental human right.
I have heard that you are a family man and a Christian; I must note that, according to your faith, Jesus Christ will stand in judgment of you for what you have done on Earth. I can think of no greater sin than denying care and life to your fellow men and women in the hopes of gaining worldly power. Your faith should certainly compel you to do everything in your power to improve the lives of your neighbors. Though I do not share your faith, I strongly believe that it is in everyone's power to look out for and help others.
You, sir, happen to be elected to a place of substantial power. All your constituents, regardless of political affiliation, sincerely hope that you use that power with our interests at heart - not the insurance companies, lobbyists, and certainly not your political cronies. If you continue to exploit this issue for political reasons and obstruct social progress in this county, it is our duty as citizens to organize and vote you out of office.
Michael R. Slone
Bowling Green

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