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In a recent Hometown Stations televised editorial, Brent Stocksdale claimed that health care costs have “skyrocketed,”and “tens of millions have lost their insurance.” Both of these claims are lies.

The truth is the exact opposite. For the first time in more than a decade, health care spending grew more slowly than the U.S. economy from 2010 to 2012.

Expenditures on health care, including everything from hospital procedures to prescription medicines, rose less than 4 percent a year from 2009 through 2012, after growing by an average of more than 7 percent from 2000 through 2008 and by double digits in the previous decade (health insurance premiums more than doubled under President George W. Bush).

So we can see that the claim of “skyrocketing” costs are false.

The claim that “tens of millions” have lost their insurance, “with millions more to come” is absurd nonsense, and I challenge Hometown Stations to provide any credible evidence that this claim is true.

It seems highly unethical for Hometown Stations to continue to air information they either know to be false, or are too lazy or incompetent to check.

Robert Dotson, Lima

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