Letters to the Editor

Single-payer shortcoming

Having listened to and read about the debate over what health care system is best, I have concluded that no one — not politicians, not journalists who write editorials and opinion pieces, not the letter writers — knows what system is best.

We are given all kinds of promises and statistics. Remember the one that stated you could keep your plan and doctor, period? To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are statistics.

For what it’s worth, I have an opinion of what is not best. Imagine you have a child with a horrible, fatal disease that the doctors say is untreatable and your child must die. You hear about a new experimental treatment in another country that provides hope that your child can live, but the government forbids you to seek the treatment and threatens criminal prosecution if you do.

Can’t happen here, you say? Well, it did just happen in Great Britain with its state-run, single-payer system. If people like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders get their way, it could happen here. Be very careful what you ask for, you might get it.

James Todd

Lexington

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