To the editor:
This letter is in regard to the Congressional attempt to reform health care. Currently there are too many holes in the current system. It is exciting to know that action on this topic is promised by the end of the summer.
Gaping holes in health care mean millions of people are either uninsured or underinsured. For people with serious illnesses like cancer this can mean the difference between life and death. People without access to life-saving cancer screenings, treatments and long-term care are less likely to prevent, catch and beat the disease.
Winning the war on cancer depends on expanding access to quality and providing affordable health care for all Americans. Considering the odds of developing some kind of cancer in our lifetime are about one in two for American men and one in three for American women, reforming the system is in our best interest.
I strongly urge all of the South Dakota Congressional delegation to work cooperatively and to provide leadership designed to reform the existing health care system.