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The case for Medicare

Thank you for Robert A. Freeman's thoughtful article on why privatizing Medicare would bad public policy ("Privatizing Medicare would be irresponsible," Jan 24.)

Rarely do writers explain topics so well, and his is the first article I have read emphasizing the role the insurance companies have played in causing the high costs we have experienced in health care over the past 30 years.

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As a senior citizen who is recovering from a broken ankle last year, I recently used the Maryland Attorney General's Office to investigate a local medical center that successfully collected my medical bills from Medicare insurance company and then turned around and tried to double bill me again!

I am very vigilant about this type of thing because Americans are the ones constantly trying to bilk each other!

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Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid have all been very successful programs, and if well-managed they will endure well into the future.

And if anyone tells you we need to privatize: Remind them that the only Republicans want to privatize Medicare is to give the corporations that support them a free pass from paying their share of the Social Security tax.

I have nothing against the rich, but they need to pay their fair.

Celie Hanauer, Abingdon

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