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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Bill Kumbier Letter 9/04/04

Dear Editors:
As reported in the New York Times (9/4/04), on the day after President Bush proclaimed what he is doing and will do to help seniors manage increasing medical expenses, Medicare officials announced the largest premium increase in Medicare's history, a 17% increase to $78.20 a month. This comes on top of U. S. Census Bureau data released late last month that revealed that the number of Americans without any health insurance at all grew by 5.2 million to 45 million, roughly 16% of the population. Moreover, the announced Medicare increase has nothing to do with whatever increased costs seniors will face when the new prescription drug benefit program begins in 2006, a program the president is very proud of but one in some respects so scandalous that it caused many seniors to cancel their AARP memberships. These facts belie whatever President Bush claims he has done to make health care available to Americans. As John Kerry recently pointed out, the war in Iraq so far has cost us $200 billion: "Think of what that money could have done for schools, for health care, for prescription drugs, for all the things we need to do."
Bill Kumbier, Joplin

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