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an email to Salt lake community college globe radio

To:      "Paul Bulkley" <paul.bulkley@slcc.edu>
From:    "Andrew Dangerfield" <adanger4@mymail.slcc.edu>
Date:    Thurs, 09 Dec 2004 10:56:18 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Getting on Globe

Dear Mr. Bulkley,

    We live in a world of miracles when we consider the advances that have been made in medicine and health care. Diseases and injuries that not so long ago condemned their victims to permanent disability or death can now be cured and healed. However, there are millions in our own country who cannot take advantage of the knowledge, technology, and procedures that could help them because of rapidly escalating costs. No doubt that you have seen it become more and more difficult to provide health benefits for your own family.

    The system is ailing and we - four Salt Lake Community College students with spouses and children - are concerned that while our children and grandchildren will see the greater advances in medicine than we can imagine, that care may be out of reach for them.

    While not an exhaustive list, we have found through our research what we believe are four major contributors to this problem:
health insurance benefits are being used without necessary restraint,
bad patent laws limit the creation of affordable drugs,
punitive damages force doctors to practice defensive medicine,
and the public is far too uninformed and unmotivated to take basic self-care measures.

    Mr. Blukley, we are engaged in a campaign to inform the public, particularly those here on campus,  of these important issues and to encourage them to take action. We have developed brochures and fact sheets, and a detailed report of our findings. We have also written and recorded a short radio essay to expose uninformed students to these issues. We hope to be allowed to broadcast it over Globe Radio. May we? If you would like to view our research, you can do so at www.angelfire.com/ab8/ailinghc. We invite you, Mr. Bulkley, to help us help others. You can contact us at (801)918-5119 or adanger4@mymail.slcc.edu.