Dear Editor:  Most people know a family member, friend, or neighbor who has had a traumatic health problem. In our family it was when our 2-year-old son ran into the highway as a car came over the hill. Comprehensive health insurance freed us from worrying about costs and let us concentrate on our son's needs.

Anyone who experiences a similar disaster can imagine what other people go through in such a crisis. Empathizing with fellow Americans is natural in a country founded on the belief that we are all created equal. Equality in feeling suffering leads to equality in relieving and preventing suffering.

Democracy works better when we act together for the good of all. The present Senate health care bill, the Cassidy-Graham bill, was developed behind closed doors by a small group of senators. We must not consent to such undemocratic government actions but together develop a health care bill that fulfills our public responsibility to support and empower all Americans.

Please call and email Wisconsin Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and undecided Sens. Collins, McCain, Murkowski, Portman, Gardner, and Capito telling them to vote against the Graham–Cassidy bill. Contact information is at: www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

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Bill Dagnon

Baraboo

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