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He can afford it, but what about others?
He can afford it, but what about others?
David Robinson, 64, Leesburg, Va.

"I have a comment, not a complaint. I have good retiree health coverage. It's a very expensive high-end plan provided through the company from which I am retired. They pay a portion of the premiums, but I pay over half of the premium for myself and 85% of the premium for my wife."

"The plan is well worth the cost because 12 months ago I was diagnosed with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Treatment has been very costly for the insurance company and I am now starting a bone marrow transplant process at Johns Hopkins Hospital that will be even more expensive. The total for the first two years of treatment will exceed $300,000."

"I was very fortunate. I was diagnosed very early and I have a very good chance of complete remission for a few years."

"I do worry a lot more now than I did a year ago about those who cannot afford health insurance. For example, if a person makes $50,000 a year and does not get insurance through their company, and cannot afford it on their own, and if they get my disease, they are screwed - dead on arrival. Reform has to take all of this into account."

"These are just a few thoughts from another perspective as we beat up insurance companies for being 'heartless and cruel.' Maybe Congress needs to take a broader perspective as the reform proceeds."

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