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Letter: Reasonable people needed in Washington

To the editor,

More than 130 million people have a pre-existing health condition. If you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, arthritis, or many other common ailment, you do too. There are over 300,000 people living in North Dakota alone that have a health condition that could be classified as a pre-existing condition — that's nearly half the state.

Unfortunately for all of us, Republicans in Washington are trying to give insurance companies the ability to deny those with pre-existing conditions the coverage they deserve. What good is health insurance if companies can charge the people who need it most, unaffordable rates? Our current laws make sure that everyone is on a level playing field. We shouldn't let Washington take that away from us.

It's pretty obvious that America's health care system is deeply flawed — our premiums are too high, deductibles are skyrocketing, and we don't have enough choices for our health care. But I don't think any reasonable person looks at our insurance markets and comes to the conclusion that caring for sick people is the source of all our problems.

In fact, these policies will actually make health care for folks with pre-existing conditions more expensive — not less.

Apparently, there aren't many reasonable people in Washington these days. We need representatives in Congress to stop putting their political careers before our livelihoods and stand up to the administration's attacks on our health care.

Barry Nelson