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Health care is a right

The opinion-page article ''Market Forces = Health-Care Reform,'' March 30, shows what is wrong with relying on the market in health-care reform.

The market emphasizes the bottom line while ignoring access to and quality of care. People still need government to protect them from the predatory practices of health-care corporations. Health care is a right, not a privilege of the wealthy! Instead of merging insurance companies with hospitals as the author suggests, let's eliminate the health insurance industry. The single-payer plan, originated by Rep. Jim McDermott (R) of Washington, would do this -- at a savings of more than $100 billion annually. These savings could provide for universal access, freedom of choice, and more, higher quality services.

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Ronald Forthofer, Longmont, Colo.

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