Come talk health care in Stonington

Dear Editor:

Anyone struggling or angry with the cost of health care needs to be at the Stonington Opera House on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. It is time we sit down together and look for a better way.

Maine AllCare, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to find the best solution, is sponsoring the event featuring a straightforward documentary on the costs and delivery of health care. The film will be followed by a “big tent” discussion on the topic of financing health care for everyone with a panel of physicians, nurses, representatives and policy experts.

Our health care system is broken and we cannot depend on politicians to fix it. We spend 18 cents of every dollar this nation produces on health care, with costs spiraling out of control. It is not making us any healthier.

As individuals, we need to be educated about the issues surrounding health care in order to have an intelligent role in considering solutions. We also need to understand the facts in order to be “inoculated” against heavily financed propaganda that comes from pharmaceutical companies as well as from large, for-profit insurance companies and health care providers.

In California, voters turned down a ballot initiative aimed at reining in rising prices for prescription drugs after pharmaceutical companies spent more than $100 million to fight it. In Colorado, a universal health care measure was defeated when special interest groups outspent the proponents 10-1. Indeed our own Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield donated $1 million to defeat ColoradoCare, money that could have been spent on health care for their customers.

On Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House, we start the work of finding the best health care solution for us rather than for big business. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us.

Lynn Cheney

Blue Hill

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