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Letter to the editor:

Insurance policies offer no freedom

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 (2 a.m.)

In response to Ray Lillehaug’s letter, “What’s good for the goose is ...,” asking conservatives to deny men coverage for Viagra, etc.:

I want companies and insurance companies to have the freedom to cover whatever conditions they choose and not have the government force them. This whole discussion is not about birth control; it’s about freedom and whether individuals or companies have the freedom to cover whatever medical conditions they deem appropriate.

My son is in his late 20s. He needs a policy with coverage for catastrophic illnesses but not illnesses that strike older people. Unfortunately, the state where he resides has minimum requirements for health plans, which mandate coverage he doesn’t need or want. He pays twice as much as necessary for his coverage because he has to pay for services he won’t use for the next 30 years. This is not the American way, but this is our future if we do not rethink the size of our government.

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