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Letter to the Editor: Country can not afford health insurance overhaul

Representative Earl Pomeroy voted FOR the passage of the Senate's massive health insurance overhaul Sunday night. Among many of the onerous provisions that our country can't afford:

• Children will be able to remain under their parents' health coverage until they are 26.

• Insurance companies who participate in the government-run exchange will be allowed to provide for abortions. Many prolife orgs, including the National Right to Life, say that federal funds will be used for some of those abortions.

• In all, there will be a half a trillion in new taxes.

• The house "fixes" on the Senate bill raise taxes $50 Billion dollars more, as well as cut Medicare spending $66 billion more for a total of $523 billion.

• The $523 billion of money taken from Medicare will be used to pay for this new government program, including subsidies to help families purchase health insurance who have incomes up to $75,000 a year. $75,000 is not low income. I, for one, do not want my health needs to come before those of my elders - in particular, the veterans who fought for our country.

• Estimates are that this legislation will expand the deficit by more than $660 billion dollars. So, not only are we neglecting the needs our elders, but we'll be leaving our grandchildren with an impossible debt.

• The above are facts. There are rumors of much more to be frightened of.

Thanks, Earl Pomeroy. I, for one, will be voting for your opponent. You, too, President Obama: you are no hero of mine.

Lisa Morris

Hillsboro, N.D.