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Health care 'reform'

Posted: December 31, 2009 4:39 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.
J. Ethan Jewell wrote a letter ("Why conservatives should be supporting health care reform," Dec. 27) supporting the liberals' "health care reform" proposals.

There's a big difference between real "reform" and nationalizing our health care system. Real reform could have been very effective:

1. Remove the government-imposed barriers to true free-market competition between insurance providers.

2. Institute significant medical tort reform.

3. Streamline the FDA drug approval process.

Where the free market is allowed to perform as it should, medical costs don't burgeon out of control.

Dentistry, cosmetic and other elective surgery, veterinary care, chiropractic care, acupuncture - examples abound.

This would be real reform that conservatives could rally around.

Instead, we have the liberals trying to impose a one-size-fits-all solution that simply exacerbates the problem with skyrocketing deficit spending, intrusive attempts at price controls, unconstitutional mandates on states and individuals, repugnant bribery for votes, and other artificial methods of government interference.

People have just as much right to food as they do to health care and insurance, but you don't see the government trying to dictate to supermarkets that they must sell their filet mignon and lobster at the same price as hamburger. In the real world, prices for things vary depending on what you're getting, and not everybody can afford the top of the line products.

Some people can't even afford the hamburger. That's life.

For those unfortunates at the bottom of the ladder, we already have a system in place to provide the medical care necessary to keep them alive: our hospital emergency rooms.

There's absolutely nobody in this country who doesn't have access to health care, contrary to the constant moaning of the liberals.

No matter what happens, Bill Gates is still going to be able to afford better health care than just about anybody else and liberals will still be wailing about it.

Further, no matter what happens, everybody is still going to die. No one gets out of here alive.

On top of everything else, if this is such an all-fired emergency, why does it not go into effect until 2014?

Why do we start paying now, but the benefits don't start taking place for four years?


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