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Letter: He's not a Socialist, there's no final health reform bill, he says

TO THE EDITOR: I must commend Mr. Dhawan for supporting public debate over private attack. That was nice.

However, I'm not comfortable with the broad brush with which he paints me. I am not a Socialist. I do not worship government and I do not want to restrict his ability to worship his God.

I will not accept his God foisted on me, either. It has no place in government, historically or constitutionally. The first sentence of the very first amendment reads as follows, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." Furthermore, to say that our founders were Christian is factually inaccurate, besides, it has zero weight in a health insurance reform discussion.

To Mr. Carow's final analysis of the health reform bill: there is no final bill. There can be no final analysis. Even using his inflated number of 1.3 trillion over 10 years, we could have had 30 years of health insurance for everyone, had not GW Bush invaded Iraq, and we could add another 25 years of coverage, had not GW Bush and the Republicans given 2.5 trillion in tax cuts to the uber wealthy while simultaneously devastating the middle class.

With the exception of Lincoln, T. Roosevelt and Eisenhower, we've flirted with Republican leadership from time to time. In every instance, the American middle class has declined. Only George HW Bush had the courage to call Republican leadership what it is, "Voodoo Economics."

So Mr. Carow, you are correct. To blame rising health care costs only on the health insurance companies would be dishonest, you would have to include the Republicans who allowed the CEO's of these companies to reap billions from middle class America while excluding women who have been raped because it's a pre-existing condition. This is not a defensible position.