Lately you have received a number of letters warning that Obama is leading the country to hellish "European socialism" simply because he hopes to implement a national health service. Have any of these people even been to Europe?
I grew up in Durango, then lived in Denver for 10 years, and now live in England, where I have lived since 1990. I still visit America regularly. I think I can give a fairly realistic view of life on both sides of the pond.
Let me assure everybody that America has a long, long, long way to go before it is even close to being socialist. Having a universal health system is no more socialist than having a public-education system, or a fire department, or a police service. Imagine those systems serving only those who can pay.
And contrary to what some of your readers have written, the British National Health Service does not have long waiting lists (doctors are required to see a patient on the day), unclean hospitals or substandard service. The NHS has a 93 percent patient satisfaction record. Doctors and staff are well-paid and professional. It is one of the best health services in the world, and the small amount of extra tax I pay is well worth it.
So, don't believe the scaremongers. They usually have their own agenda.
Mark Rossmiller Wilde,