Single-payer would be disastrous for US

Your commentary about Steven Brill’s article in Time Magazine about American healthcare was interesting but suspiciously biased.  You explained various issues with a subtle but clear preference for your long-standing belief that Medicare can be easily and efficiently expanded.  You also insist that only a single-payer healthcare program will solve all of our past, present and future problems. 

Barack Obama agrees with you ..... eroding any confidence in your basic premise.

I wish I was more learned to provide specific arguments to refute your one-sided and incomplete examination of present day healthcare problems and contradictions.  There are no easy solutions but I know one thing ....... allowing government to control our individual and ... nation’s healthcare will become our worst decision of the 20th and 21st Centuries ....... exceeding even the Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Charles Torkko

Denver, Colo.

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As usual Charles, I agree.

I have worked in various occupations for all of my 58 years. Half the time I had employer paid insurance, when I didn't have it, I bought my own. I had a child as a single patent. I switched jobs for better hours and health care. I never took a dime of tax dollars in welfare. Personal responsibility rather than " if it feels good do it" is the problem! I am sick and very tired of paying for the mistakes and poor life choices of the irresponsible. I do not have a college degree, but right now I'm making 80 k a year. What has happened to gumption and shame? I thank God every day I was raised the way I was.

I am not speaking of the elderly or truly handicapped here. Fully 50% of the people on the dole can get off of their butts and be productive. Unfortunately, doing nothing pays more.

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