Healthcare is an economic issue:

33% administrative costs for private insurers — 3% for Medicare

$1 of every $6 of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is in health care expenses

Between 2000 and 2006 health care costs increased 98% with overall inflation rose 23%

$1,500 in health care costs for every car produced by GM and Ford, $450 by BMW in Germany and $150 by Honda in Japan

And a personal issue:

Forty-seven million Americans, including 8.7 million children, don’t have health insurance and every day more are denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions or are priced out of the system by skyrocketing premiums.

Average premium for family health insurance coverage is more than $12,000 and is expected to double by 2016.

Health insurance CEOs averaged $8.7 million in 2006 compensation and pharmaceutical company CEOs an average of $4.4 million.

50 percent of all bankruptcy filings were partly the result of medical expenses.9 Every 30 seconds in the United States someone files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem.

Contact our Senators or go to http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/public_option/?state=SC&submit=Go and www.democracyforamerica.com to support President Obama’s health care reforms.

Don’t just sit there! Do something!

Want to share your personal story — or nightmare — about healthcare in America. Or maybe you are ready to create an event for National Healthcare Day of Service on June 27. Do it now at www.healthcarenow.com

Contact our U.S. Senators and Representatives and tell them it’s time for healthcare reform:

Rep. Henry Brown — 747-4175
Rep. Jim Clyburn — 965-5578
Sen. Jim DeMint — 727-4525
Sen. Lindsay Graham —

Write a letter to the editor of the Post and Courier. Letters should be addressed to:
The Editor
The Post and Courier
134 Columbus St.
Charleston SC 29403-4800.

Letters must be signed and carry the writer’s address for publication and daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Keep it clean, short and to the point. Use facts and figures and personal experience, but do not refer to any local or national initiative on healthcare. That will give them an excuse to throw it out. Of course, they will probably throw it out anyway, because that’s the kind of rightwing rag they are, but don’t make it easy for them.