Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for June 21

We need single payer health care system

There is a huge push for a national health care plan in America. I must say, “It’s about time!”

Millions and millions of Americans can’t afford their mortgages let alone health care.

This should be a no brainer. Health care costs have gone through the roof partly because of greed of all parties involved and also because the cost of people declaring bankruptcy over their health care costs which must be absorbed by those who still have coverage. I have a family member who is an emergency room doctor. Over dinner he told me that 20 percent of all his cases can’t pay him. Even he is in favor of single payer. At least he’d get paid something.

Those wealthy people that still want top dog treatment can keep their overinflated, Mercedes paying, lobbyist drooling, attorney chasing, insurance bloodletting cronies happy as clams.

That’s fine. You can even have your own gold plated entrance so that you can feel special. It is time to make sure ALL Americans are seen, even if it’s in a MASH tent.

I know they would not turn even that down.

GREG COSMO, Olympia

We got how much from uncle who?

Dear uncle (or in this day of political correctness — Dear relative),

You just gave me a check for $250 that does not belong to you in the first place.

The check reads United States Treasury. With payment to Randy Mentzer for $250. This is issued for a Social Security economic recovery payment.

You are trying to redistribute wealth from my kids and unborn grandkids and their kids to come. How dare you.

You are off the hook because I will pay for the envelope and the stamp and the paper and ink and take the time to send this check back to you with a note. Please carefully and gently put it back into the pockets of our next generation and give them the same opportunity that I have enjoyed — to live free in the greatest democratic country in the world.

Can we at least sit down and talk about this first? Over some tea bags perhaps?

RANDY MENTZER, Olympia

Feds need to follow state on simplification

I was interested in the comments by the editorial board about attempting to help simplify medical billing for our provider community.

Administrative simplification is one area of health care that appears to have capacity to help providers and payers reduce expenses which helps reduce costs to patients. I applaud the legislators trying to pass local legislation to help in this simplification process. Now for the latest: The Department of Health and Human Services under the guise of HIPAA is mandating a change from our current medical billing code set (ICD-9) to an entirely new code set labeled ICD-10. Compliance date for the new code set is Oct. 1, 2013.

Everyone that works in the health care industry will have to learn and then implement this new system. This includes the doctors, nurses, authorization staff, administrators, financial staff, billing staff, etc.

There is a study in the federal register that estimates the cost will be between $5.5 billion and $13.5 billion. Then there is the annual cost of lost productivity by medical staff ($440 million), the cost or billing rework ($600 million), the cost of long term productivity loss ($380 million) and the cost to Medicaid/Medicare ($1.5 billion). When is the last time you have seen a government project come in at the budgeted costs?

One hand saves some costs but the other hand takes away twice as much! Oh by the way, yes you will be paying for it each time you see your doctor. We need to stop this.

GARY MONROE, Tumwater

No regrets over homeschooling decision

After reading Robert Mitchell’s column on the negatives of homeschooling, I’d like to give my positive experience of over 20 years of homeschooling my five precious children.

I don’t regret the time and energy it required to oversee my children’s education. It kept our family close and learning together, which has forged strong ties in their adult relationships.

There’s no other job you could pay me for that would reap the benefits that homeschooling has for me personally and for our family as a whole.

As far as the socialization myth goes, my children have never been assessed as being socially disabled. In fact, three of my sons were captains on their public high school varsity baseball teams, a position not typically bestowed on young men who couldn’t interact socially.

There were always more opportunities for social interaction than we were able to participate in, including learning coops, CHOSS, (a large homeschool support organization that connects families for field trips, play days, curriculum fairs, and more) ORLA, (an Olympia School district support program for homeschoolers), the YMCA swim and gym program for homeschoolers, sports teams and involvement with music groups.

Academically, the facts speak: Four of my children obtained their AA degrees at the age of 18, three have graduated from college, one with honors, and one has obtained his masters.

I’m sure there are negative homeschool experiences but I would encourage any parents who have some interest to pursue it. I have no regrets.

LINDA RODGERS, Olympia

Obama enjoys bipartisan support

Jack T. Moore’s letter ends with “Now he (Obama) expects Republican support? Well, I say what goes around comes around.”

Well, I say Moore should look below the fold on the same page as his letter and see highly regarded Republican support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor from David Brooks.

That’s bipartisan support.

Read the column. Critics need to go beyond the Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck talking points.

GLEN KNOWLTON, Lacey

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