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Stokes commanding, not convincing

Posted: August 18, 2009 8:54 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sydell Stokes (“Drug, insurance companies win,” The Signal, Letters, Aug. 5) has a whole boatload of ideas about health care and how you should live your life.

He thinks he knows what kind of plan you should have, how much it should cost, what the rules should be and all the rest.  

The problem is, Mr. Sydell doesn’t want to convince you. He wants to command you.

Too bad for him it’s a free country and in this country, rights are not things taken out of other people’s pockets.

Say, speaking of countries, Mr. Sydell notes that infant mortality in the U.S. is 2.5-percent higher than in Finland, Iceland and Norway.

What he forgot to mention is that infant mortality in the U.S. is higher than many places, for example, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Singapore, Czech Republic, Bermuda, Guam ... hmm, I wonder why he isn’t looking in those places to cherry pick his stats?

Lastly, Sydell is very concerned about the health care costs paid by the average family — at least he claims to be.  

Well Mr. Sydell, if you really think health care is expensive now, just wait until it’s “free.”

There isn’t a government program on the planet that reduces costs and improves service — not one.



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