Letters to the editor for March 20, 2013

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Letters to the editor for March 20, 2013



Legalizing abortion has consequences

To the Editor:

In reply to the March 15 Observer’s “Union County population average trending older,” there is an obvious reason why there are fewer young people to replace the aging population: abortions. 

The article states, “In the past seven decades, the population in Union County showed a steady, though modest growth, but now the area appears to be well into a trend where the dominant age group is older and grayer.” 

According to http://askville.amazon.com/millions-abortions-performed-women-Roe-Wade-decision/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=13967637: 

“Two independent sources confirm this decline: the government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), Planned Parenthood’s special research affiliate monitoring trends in the abortion industry. ... AGI estimates for its own figures, the total number of abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 equals 49,551,703.”  That number is close to 50 million deliberate deaths. 

Now you see the national and local consequence of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the U.S.    

Lucy Gilchrist

La Grande





What do health care options cost?

To the Editor:

Our health care system is broken. We all know individuals and families without adequate health insurance, and without adequate health care. How can we provide health care to everyone at a cost we can afford?

House Bill 3260 would require the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a study comparing the costs of providing health care to all Oregonians under (1) the existing system, (2) a single payer insurance system, (3) a combination of patient-chosen public and private health insurance, and (4) one or more additional options designed by the researchers. The first hearing on this bill is scheduled for April 5. 

You can find the actual language of the bill at: http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2013/HB3260/.

I urge everyone to contact their state legislators now. Ask them to support and vote for this bill. It’s easy to make contact using the state’s on-line tool:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/writelegsltr/.   

Our state representative in District 58 is Rep. Bob Jenson, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 503-986-1458. Our state senator in District 29 is Sen. William S. Hansell, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 503-986-1729.

Fuji Kreider

La Grande




Who decides? Your doctor or insurance company?

To the Editor:

There is a letter on my dining room table from my health insurance company, “Prescription Benefit Information.” It says they will not cover my newly prescribed medication for glaucoma. They did say I have the right to request an exception — but did not say it would be honored.

My life was miserable for two years before this new treatment option that is being managed by an Oregon specialist. I am hopeful the exception will be granted.

Tony Radmilovech’s story (Observer, March 15, “Trying and failing: End ‘fail first’ practices”) of debilitating pain and his search for a way to control his pain is unfortunately an experience shared by many of us. 

Tony describes how insurance bureaucrats interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and deny coverage for treatment, even treatment key to managing daily life tasks. 

He makes plain how insurance companies can actually override physicians’ care decisions. Is this good health care? Who is in control here? Should they be?

The issue of appropriate, quality health care was raised in a recent documentary featured at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, “Escape Fire: the Fight to Rescue American Health Care.” Lines formed outside the theater to see the film that asks, “How can we save our badly broken health care system?” 

Crowds stayed after the show to listen to a panel of health care providers and congregated in the lobby and on the sidewalk to sign petitions to the Oregon Legislature stating “health care is a human right.”It is obvious that people in Eastern Oregon are concerned and want to learn more.

Members of Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team answered questions, distributed information and recruited volunteers. The Eastern Oregon movement to provide excellent, patient/physician-managed health care to every Oregonian is growing daily. It is time for “health care for all” and “fail first” for no one. Please join us; there is a place for everyone.

Cheryl Simpson-Whitaker, co-chair ORA Health Care Reform Action Team

La Grande