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Protect our health the way we protect our cars
Protect our health the way we protect our cars
Susan Elcox, 49, Boise, Idaho

"Why do I not hear much emphasis on wellness? I believe the insurers do not do enough on that front, and the government could go a very long way in emphasizing this through all aspects and ages of our lives."

"Additionally, it should be pointed out to insurers in this debate that more affordability will automatically create a healthier population. I, for one, have a reasonable policy (I'm self-employed), but am afraid to go to the doctor. And if I do, [I'm afraid] to share the results with the insurance company for fear of bigger rate increases in successive years. "

"Hence, I take many risks, such as when I recently allowed my vascular problems to blossom into a full-blown pulmonary embolism because of cost worries. I could have easily lost my life."

"300,000 people are killed each year from pulmonary embolism....more than from breast cancer and AIDS combined."

"Allow us the affordability to keep our bodies healthy without fear of rate retaliation. Encourage us to maintain our body just like we do our beloved automobiles."

NEXT: He can afford it, but what about others?

Last updated October 08 2009: 5:21 PM ET
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