I am writing in response to letters from Randy Feuilly and Kathy Westbrook ("abody">Herald, Dec. 28) and Chuck Snyder (Dec. 29), as all are outlandishly
alarmist and hold misinformed perceptions of health care in America and the recent effort to change it. All these
letters embody the notion that we have the best health-care system in the world. There are so many studies out there
showing health care in America is far from the best; you really have to be in denial to think otherwise. But we do
excel in one thing: cost. We lead the world in health-care spending by a wide margin.
The other issues raised in these letters are useless blather that span anti-health-care reformers' agenda pretty well
withmindless buzz words: constitutional rights, rationing, socialism, communism, etc. I
find links to unrelated issues such as support for the auto industry, communism and unemployment to be laughable
distortions. Why not discuss real issues with health care and the need to improve it? Snyder also thinks heath-care
reform is anti-Christian. I ask him: Where would Jesus be in our health-care system today? Answer: With the rest of the
poor with care available only at the local emergency room. Would Jesus praise the for-profit insurance system that
currently serves most Americans? Or would he feel compassion for the 40,000 people who die each year in America for
lack of health insurance?
A question not even being asked is whether we think it is morally proper as a civilized
society to provide some basic level of health care for our citizens. We are the wealthiest country in the world, and
yet we are the only developed nation in the world that relies on a for-profit system to provide health care for most of
our citizens. And we leave more than 40 million people without decent health care. I think that is shameful.
I also think it is shameful for health-reform deniers, like the authors of the three letters, to continue to spew
alarmist malarkey and not participate in a meaningful dialogue on this important issue."abody">
Dave Mehan, Durango