Crawford Letter - 09/06/09

As an active member of my community, including my involvement with Ray of Hope Christian Church, I see the need for health care reform every day.

My friends, family and neighbors have been affected by our health care system's problems.

The misinformation and fear is being spread by the lobbyists and special interests who profit the most from our broken system. The United States needs a system that delivers the care to everyone in need.

There's a lot of misinformation about health care being spread on TV, on the Internet and even in our town. But these rumors have been thoroughly debunked. With an issue as important as health care, we need a debate based on facts, not misinformation.

Health care reform would mean real improvements for many people in our community. Insurance companies would no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and employees would no longer have to worry about losing their health coverage should they lose their job.

Patients with pre-existing conditions deserve just as much compassionate care as those without them, and our current system discriminates against them.

Stanley Crawford