Another round of letters on health care reform, nine in all.
Senator Richard Burr’s July 30 letter “What doesn’t work” was totally misleading. Burr states that government-run health care has produced negative results across the globe. Actually, Medicare is the largest single-payer system in North America, and it's an excellent plan that is rated highly by 68 percent of its participants, a much greater satisfaction level than any private plan. France’s government-run health care is regarded by most experts as the world’s best system, and it consumes roughly half the cost-per-capita as our failing one. Our VA system also provides excellent care.
Burr suggests higher costs to participants and taxpayers and limited access to care, just to scare the reader. His goal is to derail health care reform legislation, to the detriment of all Americans, in order to preserve the obscene profits flowing to his actual constituents, the pharmaceutical and insurance companies. His proposed bill would achieve that goal, but do nothing to reform our broken system. Coincidentally, the same edition also reported that Burr was the featured speaker at an expensive health care roundtable and fundraiser, which was attended by unnamed donors. One can easily guess what he told those corporate lobbyists.
Lawson Henry Lowrance
Your Aug. 3 article on the truth and fiction in health care claims was disturbing. The litany of objective bipartisan voices, including the government itself, listing the defects in the current plans was staggering. The real examples of how poorly managed the government’s VA and Medicare health systems already are was overwhelming. And the Treasury secretary’s announcement that the government would do whatever it takes, including taxing middle class citizens, to pay for the program and lower the deficit was depressing.
But what is a citizen to do? Since we citizens do not get to vote on this program, and since our elected officials have lined up in blind support of this and other federal programs, we are left once again to carry the burden both financially and personally for this government’s poorly designed programs. And we will be paying dearly indeed.
As is common in government: good intentions, poor execution. Until the government can prove it can better manage the programs already in place and the hard-earned dollars we involuntarily give it, it should not add this program. It will result in higher taxes and inflation, bottom-line, for all. And that is neither good nor right.
There are some items that are definitely not needed or wanted in the potential health care bill going through Congress. We the people must make sure evil proposals are dropped.
The number one question: Is there really a need for a big government medical plan (socialist or otherwise)? There are many claims that USA has the best medical coverage in the world. What’s the big scare for?
Let’s note some of the attributes of the Obama plan. The version now under consideration may require the coverage of abortions (although never needed). All citizens who oppose abortion may be required to subsidize them anyway. That’s un-American.
And in the Health Care Bill HR-3200, section 1233 titled “Advanced Care Planning Consultation” requires care for the elderly to include consultation to end life (that is euthanasia subsidized).
What is Obama’s real motive in pushing national health care? The answer seems to be death rather than health. American people have to resist that before it is too late.
Unlike our true constitutional “rights” — free speech, freedom to assemble, freedom of religion, etc. — that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights, health care requires an investment in goods and labor. Therefore, in a government plan, it remains a “right” only as long as the Treasury of the United States remains solvent enough to pay for these things. When the money starts to run out (how long does anything touted as free last?) citizens’ heads will spin at the frequency this so-called right is denied them. This will be especially true when it comes to our senior citizens.
Michael Malik, M.D.
It’s interesting that it has been pointed that it’s the Republicans who are railing against Obama’s health care plan. Last time I looked, the Democrats have not just a majority but can pass any bill they choose without any input from Republicans.
Has the president shown that health care will be better? No.
Has he shown that health care will be cheaper? No.
Has he shown any real positives with the program? No.
It will be interesting to see whether our local Congress members will have town hall meetings to see what the people they represent want or just follow the Democratic Party line.
We are now in the Alinsky phase of the health care issue as the Democrats are not only lying and distorting what the bill will do, they also are openly demonizing insurance companies. The radical Chicago Democratic machine, of which Obama is the highest graduate, adheres to Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals manifesto.
Alinsky Rule #13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.
Demonizing the insurance companies shows how desperate the Dems have become. It makes no difference to them that the vast majority of the American people are satisfied with their current medical insurance plan and that only 20 percent feel that the health care system we have is in crisis.
In the July 30 letter “English patients,” the writer stated that the cost of health care in England is zero and that no one goes without the care he truly needs. I lived in England for four years and know they pay dearly for their health care through a very high tax rate. Their sales tax alone is 17 percent. Also, many do not receive the care they need.
Here are a few examples: A colleague suffers heart attack symptoms. The hospital in a city of 50,000 doesn’t have an EKG machine.
A woman experiencing headaches receives no answers, but back in the U.S. finds out she has a brain tumor.
A man experiencing pain in his shoulder receives no answers, but back in the U.S. finds out he has cancer.
A woman experiencing severe abdominal pain goes to a doctor, but without examination she is told to return in two days.
A boy suffers an aneurism, but the hospital has no one on duty or on call to operate the scanning machine. He dies in the ambulance during an hourlong search for another hospital.
I experienced a blood clot and nearly paid with my life.
I asked a retired doctor what he thought of this proposed government-run medical health care plan and, he said, “I think it is the worst thing that could possibly happen to medical care in the is country. Not good for doctors, but even worse for patients, particularly the elderly. I am glad I am not practicing. I would quit.”
The government cannot manage any program it has had its hands in Just look at the U.S. Customs & Border Protection. We now have over 12 million illegals in this country. The Veterans Administration cannot take care of our wounded and disabled veterans. The Department of Energy established in the ’70s finds us still dependant upon foreign oil so what has this agency done?
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle says health care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt. As a senator, he will not fall under this plan as well as all senators and congressmen so they don’t care about the elderly. Americans must stop this plan and the huge cost and controls that come with it.
As North Carolina is considered as a “swing state,” we can be prepared for a barrage of negative commercials about the health care reform. These ads — already appearing — are concentrating on horror stories from countries with “socialized medicine.”
I lived in Canada for 12 years and still have relatives there. Based on personal experience as well as on comments from family and friends, the health care system works well enough. Granted, for elective surgery there is a longer wait, but everybody will be taken care of.
As far as “horror stories” go, we do not have to go out of this state. Transplanting the wrong heart and cleaning surgical instruments in elevator fluid are not the best examples of how well our system works.
In reality, there is no perfection in health care delivery, but as long as profit remains a part of it, improvements will be dicey at best.