The editor:

Sixty-one million non-elderly Americans have pre-existing conditions which will prevent them from having Private Health Insurance. How silly of us to expect private health insurance to cover actual illnesses. They much prefer healthy folks and go to great lengths to exclude those unfortunates.

Children with cancers, and there are 375,000, face long odds when they try to get private health insurance. So what happens, the families borrow money to pay out of pocket. Those cancer drugs are expensive, and cost twice as much in America than in the rest of civilized countries. Our laws prevent Medicare from negotiating prices down.

We can only hope that Kentucky’s Governor’s plan to take away expanded Medicaid coverage will yet again prove unconstitutional. Keep your fingers crossed.

Ewell Scott, MD