- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 7, 2009

I was recently reminded in a personal way of how essential health care reform is. My brother just underwent angioplasty, entailing placement of two stents in a key artery where he had two 100 percent blockages. This procedure, which has to be seen as life-saving, cost just under $80,000.

Thanks to family health insurance, his share of the cost was $100. Had there been no insurance, he tells me frankly, he would never have sought medical intervention, but simply endured the chest pain. In short order, he would have become a “heart cripple” like my father and faced a significantly shortened lifespan.

He was lucky. But how many Americans without health care are dealing with just such chest pain by self-medicating or “sucking it up” and by so doing facing an early death.


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We must find a solution that provides health care for all.

EDMUND MCWILLIAMS



Falls Church

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