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Public insurance has pitfalls

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Since President Obama’s speech on July 22 we are hearing a lot about health care insurance reform instead of health care reform, specifically, from my understanding, making it less complicated to get your insurance company to pay for your medical treatment. I have a scenario to share: In 1987 our family was involved in an auto wreck caused by a drunken driver and at that time I had CHAMPUS, which is the government insurance for military and their dependents. I had supracondylar fractures of both femurs, a broken tibia and fibula, a broken neck and a piece chipped from my right elbow. After returning home each bill that was submitted to Champus was returned saying, “treatment not necessary.” When these bills were being returned I still had a halo for my broken neck and both legs were in Bledsoe braces with the knees on the braces locked. We were finally forced to go to our congressman for help. I showed up at his office with halo and braces so it was obvious that any treatment was needed. His office arranged for each bill received to be sent to a special place and to the attention of a specific person who then forwarded the bills to the entity that was designated to pay them. This is government-run insurance. I can’t see that I would have had any more difficulty with a private plan. Think about the health plan that is on the table, folks, and let your representatives in Congress, both the House and the Senate, know your feelings. MARY ANN FRANK, Auburn