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LETTER: Bruch offers better plan for health insurance solution

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New Richmond, 54017
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To the Editor:

Last week Suzette Lenzen from River Falls confessed that a comment by Sarah Bruch at the recent Inter-Governmental Forum at UW-River Falls got her "blood boiling."

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Unfortunately she called Sarah "uninformed and ignorant" on the topic of Health Savings Accounts because Sarah shared the information that HSA's are tax shelters for the wealthy, not insurance plans.

I would only direct Ms. Lenzen to the many sources available to substantiate Sarah's claim, but particularly to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Its findings demonstrated that the average adjusted gross income of tax filers who made HSA contributions was $139,000 as compared to $57,000 for all other tax filers. The study also found that many HSA participants appeared to be using their accounts as a tax shelter rather than paying for out-of-pocket health care costs.

I have carefully watched Sarah Bruch as she progressed in the campaign for the 30th Assembly District.

Among other things, two things seem very obvious to me - she is not "uninformed and ignorant" on this or other campaign topics, and she does not engage in name-calling. I also know that the 500,000-600,000 uninsured people in Wisconsin and the additional equal number with marginal insurance are a deep concern for her.

While HSA's might work for some, they do not work for most of us. That is why Sarah supports a comprehensive healthcare plan that covers all Wisconsinites and that will provide coverage similar to that which we, at taxpayers expense, now provide for Kitty Rhoades.

Joanie Tool

River Falls

Co-Chair of the

Pierce County

Democratic Party

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