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Health Care System

Re “Charting an HMO Cure,” editorial, July 26: It is difficult to read about the never-ending debates and reforms for the health care system in America. It is unbelievable that a country contributing amazing technological advances and research improving lives has so little control over providing basic health care to the citizens. Why should Americans fear being abandoned or undertreated by their insurance providers? Why are so many Americans underinsured or not insured at all? Why is the HMO system being touted as the end-all provider of health care? Why is it so difficult to get medical care in a timely manner?

Countless laws can be thrust upon a troubled system in attempts to make it fair. Until health care is seriously valued as a right of the citizens, the continuing saga of debates titled “Patients’ Bill of Rights” will seem little more than much ado about sadly lacking.

ROSEMARY FLAHERTY

Santa Ana

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