This November, Oregon has a choice to continue with the status quo or place its faith in a change for the better. The list of issues being bantered about this election season is extensive, but among the most basic of these issues is healthcare. Quality of life for any individual begins with health.

Just a quick reminder that since George W. Bush took office in 2000, 180,000 citizens of our sparsely populated state have lost their health insurance. This may have something to do with the fact that Oregon family health insurance premiums increased by approximately 344 percent over the same period.

John Kerry pledges that every American will have access to the affordable, high-quality plans offered to Congress and that every American child will have healthcare coverage under his administration. The Bush healthcare platform (or lack thereof) is not working in Oregon, and we owe it to ourselves and to our bodies to cast a vote for John Kerry this year.

Matt Kurtz

Milwaukie

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