Letter: Much of problem with health care is government intervention

Published 10:01 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Apparently Paul Tuveson needs to read and listen to something other than the far left liberal press. He needs to spend some time talking with older Canadians and Europeans. I have had the opportunity to do so.

Why do Canadians and Europeans, who can afford to, come to the states for medical care? I am sure it’s not because they enjoy paying our high fees.

Mr. Tuveson needs to go to Mexico and talk to the Canadians waiting in Guadalajara for the surgeries that they must often wait months or even years to get in Canada. He needs to talk to Canadians in their 40s and 50s who are trying desperately to raise the funds needed to get care for aging parents in the US or Mexico.

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I will freely admit the younger people like the single-payer system, but as one gets older and needs more care, the flaws and efforts to control costs by rationing in the single-payer system become apparent.

I have listened for years as veterans complained about the long waits for appointments and poor service at many VA centers.

Personally, I believe little of what I read in the press or hear on the media. But, I read a lot, including several scientific publications, am quite adept at computer research and I listen to people. I base my opinions on a wide field of information.

I firmly believe that there is almost nothing that the government does that could not be done better and cheaper by the private sector, medical care included.

I will admit health care in America is broken. But, much of the problem is government intervention. If you really want thousands of highly paid, faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor, the single-payer system is the way to go.

As far as the Koch Brothers are concerned, if you did a little research you would discover there are as many, if not more, liberal billionaires than there are conservative billionaires.

I stand behind every word in my letter.

Don Sorensen

Albert Lea