Letters to the Editor

No to government-run health care

8/12/09

Published in the Platte County Landmark

EDITOR:

As an American citizen, I never thought I would see the day, where we would propose a bill in Congress that would basically mandate our lives. I have always known America to be a country where you have freedom of religion, speech, choices, etc. We have a great and wonderful rich heritage with our founding fathers and our Constitution. The current health care bill that is being proposed in Congress right now is going to take away such freedoms. Examples are: The ability to choose what doctor you want, what benefits or procedures you want done, and how long it will take you to get care and even how much it will cost. My first comment is I don’t need or want a Washington Bureaucrat to come between me and my doctor. On pg. 30 Sec. 123 of HC bill, this Health Care bill with RATION care. A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you will get. Then on, pg. 42 of HC bill, you will have NO CHOICE! What kind of HEALTH CARE is that!

On pg. 58 & 59, government will have direct access to individual’s bank account for electronic funds transfer and a National Health card will be issued. Wait a minute; the Government will have access to my bank account? I knew this was a capitalistic government not a socialized one. On pg. 241 Lie 6-8 of HC bill, all doctors will be paid the same regardless of their speciality. Wow, so Dr. Brain Surgeon you’ll now get paid the same as Dr. Podiatrist! I’d be mad, if I were you!

On pg. 427 Lines 15-24, government mandates program for orders for end of life. The government will have a say in how and when your life ends. WHAT??? I though God was in charge of that. These are MANDATES, not choices and freedoms that our Constitution is meant to protect and provide. We, the people…: We have the right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

I have contacted my Senators and Congressman, asking them to vote NO in my behalf. This bill would be catastrophic to America!!! We are blessed with so many freedoms that other nations don’t have. We have some of the best Doctors and healthcare procedures that other countries come here to receive CARE. I can’t think of one country where Nationalized or Socialized medicine works! Instead of getting better care, you will end up with rationed services, long lines, waiting for authorizations, and ultimately people dying when certain treatments are delayed. (A cancer patient would be a good example.) Increasing incentives for Doctors and Nurses to go to Medical School and thus having more people in the medical field would be a novel idea to help the overall Healthcare.

The cost of this health care bill alone is overwhelming, trillions of dollars. Putting those who pay taxes in debt even more for generations to come, and why? So, we can make sure every person in America has health insurance? Yet, all non-US citizens, illegal or not, will get free care, on pg. 50, Sec. 152 of HC bill.

I think it is high time that we start taking personal responsibility for ourselves, our families, our cities, and our nation. That is why I am writing you today, to say, ENOUGH of Government TAKING OVER of my family’s decisions on Health Care! What is America coming to? I’m for MORE freedom, LESS Gov’t, and LESS taxes, but that’s NOT what’s happening right now.

Let’s stand up and make a difference!

–Janet Stark
Platte City

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