Addressing Needs

Aug 23, 2017

To the Editor: 

This past June, I was admitted to the ER at Southern Ocean Medical Center and then to Jersey Shore Medical Center for a series of critical illnesses. In no uncertain terms, the doctors and nurses saved my life and I commend them for their expertise and sense of commitment to the Hippocratic Oath, “Do No Harm.”

In addition, I’d like to thank all those who sent prayers and good wishes my way. There’s no doubt in my mind that this, too, helped me to come out the other side and begin the trajectory toward a full recovery. I stand before the world in simple humility.

In addition, I have good health insurance. That said, I realize more than ever the need for a comprehensive healthcare system where all people can have their needs addressed with human dignity and without bankruptcy. The seven-year “plan” the Republican Party voted for in the House might just as well have been written on a paper napkin in a local pizzeria. Congressman Tom MacArthur, your role in this is nothing short of disgraceful. The cost cutting was to pay for a deep tax cut for the very wealthy.

Both sides of the aisle need to come together. We need to gain access to the best of the Affordable Care Act and make the appropriate changes, taking on the special interests and the pharmaceutical industry.

Barbara Truncellito

Barnegat Light




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