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Letter: The stark reality of health care

In 2006 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a health care reform law, which worked quite well, with the aim of providing health insurance to most of its residents. It was dubbed Romneycare. This Massachusetts law provided the foundation for the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA was later dubbed Obamacare. The ACA would probably have had a better chance of being successful if Republican legislators had not removed some key provisions. As you all know as a result there have been a number of problems.

Additional problems with the ACA have arisen because citizens of the United States are reportedly getting sicker and accordingly the insurance costs per person are rising rapidly. To me, the most common problems are heart disease, type two diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. Many physicians argue that once you have one or more of these medical problems you will have them, in some form, for the rest of your life. Other physicians have provided solid evidence that many medical problems are preventable and reversible. The documentation includes studies with people, actual patient results, and very well referenced and very readable books.

Please do not believe me. Go to books by reputable medical doctors including Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman and Michael Greger and make your own decision. The personal changes primarily involve changes in diet. I have personally visited with people, some of whom were not expected to survive, who have made these changes and lab tests indicate there are no longer symptoms.

Dean Barnum

Cedar Rapids

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