Re "Take away paychecks" (Letters, Oct. 5): Letter writer Beaumont R. Hagebak is correct in his assessment of the death sentences handed to thousands of people yearly in this country, because they lack health care. Health insurance does not mean health care. People have died waiting for approval of a life-saving procedure. They have been cut off from treatment due to high costs. Thousands of people have filed for bankruptcy due to medical bills, and about 65 percent of those had "health insurance."
Yes, the Affordable Care Act is a step, but he essentially handed the insurance companies millions of new customers, and the greed will continue. I encourage readers to research HR 676, Medicare for All. No deductibles, no co-pays. All aspects of health care would be covered -- dental, vision, etc.
If we can spend trillions "defending" our country, why can't we defend our people's first line of defense -- their health? -- Marcia Savage, Stockton