Letters to the Editor

Find better ways to fix our health care system

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson last week accepted without trial the argument from 26 states that the new health care law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

Vinson went on to say that because the insurance "mandate" is not severable from the remainder of the law, the entire law is unconstitutional. But he stopped short of issuing an injunction to cease the present enforcement of the law. So we will waste additional funds, which we will borrow, to continue arguing over a law that one house of Congress has voted to overturn.

This story shows many of the behaviors that have caused the situation we are trying to solve: Lawmakers over-stepping their bounds; making laws to force us to do what they think is best; running up the national debt to buy votes; and not listening to the people who voted them into office to represent the people.

If we cannot pay for it, do not buy it. Listen to the ideas of all. Health care needs change and an overhaul. Why not tort reform, cross-state marketing of health care insurance, indexed cost-of-living increases for Social Security based on need, re-evaluation of the billions of dollars we spend each year on foreign aid and an open dialogue with the people who elected our officials as a starting point?

Neither party has all the answers, and in reality, many of our politicians have none of the answers.

Pete Ungaro Hilton Head Island