I can understand the anxiety that all Americans have concerning health-care reform. We need common sense, not the smoke screen and scare tactics that are being used to turn voters against health-care reform. The editorial (Herald, July 31) addresses the issue of falsehoods and fear-mongering very well.
I fully support the need to cover all Americans with basic health care. As an ex-Navy man and the son of a career Navy man, I benefited from military medicine for the first 20 years of my life, most of my working life was covered by employer-paid health insurance and now I am on Medicare. Some public option should be tried, whether that is a public insurance option, the extension of Medicare to all, national health insurance, etc.
We also must address the need for more doctors and medical professionals "laying on hands" not filling in forms. Most medical providers would rather deal with Medicare than big insurance company forms and denials. There should be federal scholarships for doctors and other medical professionals willing to go into general and family practice. Tort reform and an emphasis on wellness and preventive health care must be part of the mix, and we must be willing to imitate those who are providing effective treatment - Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinics, Veterans Administration, local clinics, etc. We need to talk to our elected officials and their local staff giving our support to common sense reform.
Someone said, "The greatest fear is fear itself." Let's take a page from the Navy CB's and Marines: "The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer." Let's get this figured out!
Raymond P. Finney, Pagosa Springs