To the editor:
Currently, in the United States, we are blessed to have the greatest health care in the history of mankind.
Across the globe, there are many extraordinarily talented and brilliant physicians.
I would argue that here in the U.S., we have the majority of them and that we have trained the majority of them.
We have the best diagnostic equipment and the best hospitals in the world. And they are spread all across the breadth of our land.
I also would argue that we have the best health care outcomes in the world, one such outcome would be survival rates.
You pick the disease. This data is available on the Internet.
Compare the U.S. data to data from the U.K., Belgium, France or even Canada.
If you are going to get sick, you want to be here to be diagnosed and treated.
If you will pardon my expression, why on God's green earth would you want to knowingly socialize the best health care "system" in the world?
Why would you want to take away freedom and liberty and exchange that for government controlled rationing and decision-making?
My stepdad was Canadian before he applied for and was granted U.S. citizenship. This is what he said about Canadian health care: "Canadians who can afford to travel to the U.S. come here to get treated."
When they need speedy diagnosis and timely high quality treatment, they come here. In countries with socialized medicine, it can take months to get in to see a specialist and then months to begin to receive treatment.
This would be unacceptable to me, and it should be unacceptable to you, also. And yet government health care rationing is what the Obama administration is asking for. Hmmm.
Seems like I've heard that before.
Oh yes, first lady Hillary Clinton. I remember.
Under socialized medicine, you will wait and wait and wait some more. Then, under government guidelines, you may or may not be treated. You may be "too old" to spend that much money on. You may not be worth it. And if you are worth it, you will then wait and wait and then wait some more to be treated. They are, after all, kind of backed up. Take a number, and they will get back to you.
World-class hospitals, doctors and nurses, clinics and timely care with freedom and liberty. That's worth defending. Call Congressman John Salazar at 202-225-4761 or Senator Mark Udall at 202-224-5941.
Our health care "system" may have room for selective improvements, but socialism has a solid track record of never making anything better, ever. Give me freedom and liberty.
John S. Kinkaid