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Letter: Keep the insurers honest

An important point in the health care reform debate was once again overlooked at Collin Peterson's town hall meeting. Our representatives, senators, and the media seldom neglect mentioning concessions from the insurance industry which have to do with practices they should not have been allowed to use in the first place, such as refusing to cover people with "pre-existing conditions."

But let us not forget that insurance companies stand to gain 46 million new customers as a result of health care reform. Shouldn't the government (i.e. we, the taxpayers) demand something in return?

A public option is what is needed to keep the insurance industry honest.

Carol Thomton

Clara City