Insurance firms call the shots

Re "How an overhaul might affect you," July 27

Sadly, this "clarification" of healthcare plans in the works describes perfectly an obstacle course that simply doesn't have to be.

What ought to be a straight shot from Point A to Point B -- everyone kicks in according to how much they benefit from living and working in this great country, and all have coverage no matter what illness or injury befalls them -- is being turned into the same kind of nightmare that taxpayers confront when trying to tackle tax returns on their own.

And it's all to keep health insurance companies calling the shots while contributing heavily to campaign coffers.

Jon Williams

Goleta, Calif.

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