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Letters for August 4

Letters for August 4

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Congress should trust health-care providers

As you listen to the health-care debate, you can't escape the claim that "America has the best health care system in the world." I impulsively, instinctively believe it.

So I went in search of some evidence to back my belief. Every single study that I could find, from the World Health Organization to the Commonwealth Fund and on and on concluded that the United States cannot remotely claim this title.

In case this conclusion was part of the vast liberal, main-stream media conspiracy, I searched exclusively conservative Web sites and think-tanks. I really tried. All I could get was sweeping generalizations that "Canadians are swarming across the borders to get access to our health care." If you bother to check that fact you will find that a few do just that, overwhelmingly for elective surgeries.

You will also find the disturbing fact that the Canadian health-care system is the single most popular government program in their country (and that a larger percentage of Americans "cross the border" to obtain prescription drugs).

Diatribes against European health care socialism seem to be the next best argument to scrap health-care reform. You will find the humbling fact that the Europeans deliver health care more cheaply, faster, fairly, universally and with a quality that meets or exceeds our American ideals.

I think that a more responsible claim would be that America has the best doctors and nurses on the planet. I do know that I trust my own doctor. I trust her education, training, experience and advice. You probably think the same of your doctor.

I know that the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association have endorsed the current health-care legislation. I trust them. I hope that our congressmen and senators trust our health care providers rather than our health care parasites.


College Station

Don't trust government wih our health care

On July 28, 1999, two months before my 73d birthday, I underwent a prostectomy. My urologist informed me that I had three choices of treatment: do nothing and live for eight to 10 years, treat the disease by radiation, or have surgery. I chose surgery. Later, when the malignant tissue was removed, it was discovered that my prostate cancer had been "aggressive" and had escaped the "envelope" of the prostate.

Today, two months short of my 83d birthday, I have no recognized disease in my body. I still teach, serve Christ, work in the yard, look forward to our first great-grandchild, and enjoy Aggie athletic events.

How have I used those 10 years of "borrowed time?" I have served on the board of the 14-county region Fellowship of Christian Athletes; taught a weekly men's Bible study; taught adult Bible studies in my church; seen eight grandchildren graduate high school, five grandchildren graduate from college (two from the United States Coast Guard Academy); attended the weddings of three grandchildren; served as a co-class agent for my Aggie Class of '48; written two novels.

The options for my treatment back in 1999, if the government had been involved, may well have been taken from my and my physicians' hands because of my age and I would have died about four years ago with the wracking torture of prostate cancer -- as my grandfather did in 1947.

The defenders of Obamacare say that, "Oh, no, that is not in the bill and the government would never do that." I remember when the government also said that Social Security payments would never exceed one percent of an individual's pay and the Social Security number would only be used for Social Security purposes.


College Station

When will we hold Chet Edwards accountable?

I read Chet Edwards column (Eagle, July 22). If I had tried to fool my patients the way he has tried to fool the people he represents, I would have lost my license to practice dentistry.

When will we hold him accountable for representing Washington instead of the Brazos Valley?

It is so sad that there are people supporting this supposed representative for us. His job is to take our desires and represent them to Congress. It seems he really represents Obama ultimately. So very, very sad.

Who really thinks he voted against the cap-and-trade bill? It seems his vote was not needed when he finally voted.


College Station

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