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Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to a letter to the editor regarding health care reform from Mary K. Ryan that appeared in a recent issue of the Coastal Point.
Editor:
I seriously doubt that we have been debating health care reform for 100 years. While I can’t support this with fact, I doubt that Ms. Ryan can either.
As to the two instances in which individuals were dropped or refused coverage by an insurer, agents of corporations make mistakes; I predict none of the proposed reform bills will keep that from happening in the future.
She states that the scores of heartbreaking stories of denials of care, cancelations and loss of coverage were what gave impetus to this reform effort. I thought the 36 or 45 or 50 million uninsured were the reason given for the necessity that the federal government become health insurers to the general public. It is interesting to note that none of the proposed plans are projected to achieve 100% of the population being insured.
She states that 45,000 people die each year because they cannot afford to see a doctor, but later states that the uninsured treat hospital emergency rooms as their primary-care provider.
She states that medical care cost are increasing 10 to 20 percent each year, but I think she means health care insurance not health care. Health care and health care insurance are not the same. An individual can pay for his/her care even though they do not have insurance.
She blames these costs on the absence of “robust public scrutiny.” Isn’t that the job of the state insurance departments? Will there be “robust public scrutiny” just because the government offers a plan?
Medicare is a government managed plan and, according to the president, there is fraud in the billions in Medicare. Medicare also rejects treatments every day. Why would we believe another government plan would be different?
The president has even said that treatment should be denied for the elderly. I believe one of his comments was in reference to an 84-year-old woman who needed a pacemaker that he suggested she be given a pain pill instead.
She criticizes the “patchwork quilt of state regulations” for insulating insurers, yet the proposed bills do not do away with state regulation. She criticizes the insurers for rejecting people simply because they are sick; then compares health insurance to car insurance. Only liability insurance is required for cars, not insurance to protect the owner. Certainly, car insurers reject bad drivers or charge them exorbitant rates. The currently proposed reform bills require that those with preexisting conditions be insured at the same rates as health people.
Finally, she states that a public option is needed to level the playing field for consumers. Is it a level playing field when one side has the government absorbing the administrative costs and even subsidizing the premiums? The president has presented the postal service as a government-run entity that has commercial competitors doing well. Those competitors only compete in limited areas. They could not compete if they were required to appear at every mailbox every day.
If we want true competition, forget the public option, allow companies to operate freely across state lines and do away with different regulations from state to state.
Walt Berwick
Selbyville

Ethanol requirements for marine usage could increase
These comments are directed to Delaware Boaters:
Fellow legislators and I received calls originally when we were required to use the 10 percent ethanol additive to gasoline, which was damaging boat motors, storage tanks, etc. Now we are learning that the federal government is going to increase that requirement from 10 percent to 15 percent.
In the meantime, it was brought to our attention that some counties in Maryland were exempt, due to not being designated as a non-attainment area.
Believing the new increase would only exacerbate the issue, I contacted Marjorie Crofts, acting director for the Division of Air and Waste Management, DNREC. I stated our concerns, not only with the Maryland exemption areas but also with the increase of the ethanol. She advised me that Delaware has submitted a waiver request objecting to the federal requirement to increase the amount of ethanol to 15 percent. This waiver request at the present time has not been resolved.
Ms. Crofts also advised that only some areas and not all areas of Maryland are exempt. Delaware, and those non-exempt areas in Maryland, have designations of a moderate non-attainment for ozone. That rating places non-attainment areas within the federal requirements to use re-formulated gasoline (E-10).
Concerned readers may want to contact our Congressional delegation and object to increasing the ethanol additive requirement in gasoline to 15 percent. The contact information is: Sen. Thomas R. Carper, (302) 856-7690; Sen. Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman, (302) 424-8090; and Congressman Michael N. Castle (302) 856-3334 or (800) 292-9541.
State Sen. George Bunting Jr.
D-20th

Lions Club thankful for support with parade
Editor:
The Fenwick Island Lions Club thanks the community and the Town of Selbyville for their participation in the successful Selbyville Halloween Parade, attended by more than 4,000 people. The children were dressed in many unique and scary costumes, and prizes were awarded to the best and most original costume in the five age groups. Johnson’s Market won first prize for their float, and the Fenwick Hardware Store won second prize.
We want to thank the Indian River High School Band sponsored by Hastings Funeral Home and the Sussex Central High School Band sponsored by Mountaire Farms for marching in the parade.
Thanks to the WSFS bank, who underwrote the cost of the lighting, and the other businesses who provided support in various ways to make the parade a success. They were Arby’s, Bunting & Murray Construction Corp., Cactus Café, Chrome World, DelVecchio’s Bakery, Doyle’s Restaurant, Eastern Shore Porch & Patio, Georgia House, Hoban Auto Center, Hoban Insurance Agency, Honest Joe’s Pawn Shop, Dr. James Kramer, Lighthouse Crossing. McDonald’s of Selbyville, Mumford Sheet Meta, and Old Pro Golf in Ocean City.
Thanks to Bob Dickerson, Selbyville’s town administrator, Police Chief Scott Collins, Fire Police Capt. Kenny Madara and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club.
A special thanks to the Indian River High School Leos, sponsored by our club, for walking through the crowd to collect used eyeglasses brought to the parade by the spectators. The theme of the night was “Sight Night” to bring awareness of the Lions work in vision around the world. These eyeglasses will be recycled and given to people who suffer from poor eyesight and do not have access to appropriate eye care.
We also want to thank State Sen. George Bunting, State Rep. Gerald Hocker, State Rep. Don Atkins, Town Councilman Clarence “Bud” Tingle and the Rev. Bruce Cook of Salem Methodist Church, who did a great job as the judges for the parade. And, thanks to Bill Baher and Jessica Martinez from Great Scott Broadcasting, who were the announcers, and to Kevin Lynch, who provided the sound system.
All of these people in the community as well as the participants enabled our Lions Club to continue the long-time tradition of having a great Halloween Parade in Selbyville.
Fran Pretty, President
Fenwick Island Lions Club