Reader gives a second opinion on health care

Re: Chaz Holmes’ “Time for a checkupt on health reform” (Courier-Herald, Dec. 30).

Re: Chaz Holmes’ “Time for a checkupt on health reform” (Courier-Herald, Dec. 30).

Taken straight from the Democrat’s talking points bulletin, Chaz doesn’t fail to inform us that those who object to the government takeover of our health care are “misinformed and uneducated.” Not only that, he is “surprised, humored, shocked and even confused” that people would dare object to legislation that would control one-sixth of our economy (the equivalent to India’s economy three-fold), grant enormous powers to an individual (Commissioner of Health and Human Services) and a government-appointed Health Advisory Committee, with a mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance and create new and extensive government bureaucracies, regulations, mandates and penalties and still leave 23 million Americans uninsured.

Never mind the fact the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to force everyone to purchase a service.

As many of these “misinformed and uneducated” people have pointed out, the other government-controlled health programs, Medicaid and Medicare, are going bankrupt and are strife with waste, fraud and abuse. Yet the Senate bill wants to add millions more to the Medicaid and Medicare rolls while cutting Medicare funding by half a billion dollars. Not to mention the fact that many health care providers refuse new Medicare patients because they aren’t paid enough to see them even though private insurance payers make up some of the difference.

These are just a few of the problems Chaz finds “offensive” or “false, ludicrous accusations.”

To add insult to injury, he defends socialism upon meeting one individual in Canada who was “content with the health system, but sees room for improvements” (whatever that means.)

My advice to Chaz, who seems to be the proverbial blind, arrogant young idealist, is this: (1) read the U.S. Constitution, particularly the articles that enumerate what authority the president and Congress have; and (2) hire a lawyer to sift through the thousands of pages of the Senate bill to learn the truth about what this bill actually promotes (even the lawyers in the Senate would be hard-pressed to understand them) and then think seriously about the consequences to the American people today and in the future if this bill actually becomes law.

Elaine Biggerstaff

Bonney Lake

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