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Letter - Demand attention to health care

To the editor:

We are so fortunate to have Senators Klobuchar and Franken on board supporting the health care reform proposals currently before Congress. They have been quite clear in their support for a public option. From what I understand, our U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson has not yet indicated his position on the public option. If you are like me, tired of the insurance companies telling my doctor what pill I can take and what I can't take, please call or contact our congressman to tell him we need immediate and effective health care reform.

I, for one, am sick and tired of all these nut-case right-wingers twisting and outright lying about some of the aspects of this important legislation. So many of these ads we see on television are funded by groups with names like "Americans for Prosperity." These group names sound good, but they are actually funded by mega-rich individuals or corporations. At this time, there is no legislation that mandates that these ads say who pays for them.

I see an ad on television more than several times a day for a drug called Lipitor. It is a drug that I know many friends and family members have been prescribed by their doctor to lower their cholesterol. I just learned that this drug is solely manufactured in Ireland. The cost per pill for this drug in Canada is $1.43 while here in the United States it is $4.57 per pill.

Health care is currently 6 percent of our national economy and will only get higher if we do not have real health care reform.

We, as citizens, must stand up loud and clear that we demand attention to health care reform. Health care should be a right, not a privilege.

Alan Perish

Browerville, MN