Move to a single-payer health care system
As a Catholic, I am proud that the Catholic Church calls for universal access to health care.
Simply, it is the moral thing to do and that is the most important argument. It is also the economic thing to do at this time when GM files for bankruptcy.
One of the disadvantages GM had in comparison to Honda and Toyota is that the Japanese government paid for 80 percent of the health care costs for their employees, even for factories in the United States. How do you compete against that?
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Our companies and their employees have to foot the bill for health care costs.
Also, since the scare tactics by Republicans and some health care insurance companies have started, let’s look at the facts.
According to the World Health Organization where do we rank in terms of world’s health care systems?
The answer: 37th behind western Europe, Chile and Morocco.
How about healthy life expectancy?
The answer: 24th.
OK, how about total health expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product?
The answer: We spend the second most for our 37th and 24th rank.
Our current system not only is bad for our health, but inefficient compared to those “socialist single payer countries.”
Please support universal, single payer health care.
Don’t malign those carrying guns
I write in reply to comments by letter writer Judy Kimeldorf.
She refers to people “running around the national parks with loaded guns” as if they were a dirty word.
I would point out the people she refers to could be law-abiding citizens of this country holding a legal permit to carry a gun. They could have no criminal record, be employed, own property, pay taxes and raise children.
They could be religious or just believe in what is right and what is wrong. Most Gitmo inmates would not qualify for the above.
What are we willing to give up?
I’ve seen lots of letters recently from young folks out there saying that their after-school programs should not be cut from the budget.
Well, it’s easy to say those things. But let me ask them a question: What are they willing to give up to keep those programs operating?
Are they willing to take a paper route, and give their earnings to the government so the after-school program can continue?
How about selling their bicycle to pay for it?
How about working at the grocery store bagging groceries, and then giving that money to the government so the program can continue?
Almost everyone seems to want more than they have, but they’re asking someone else to pay for what they want.
Young people should talk it over with their folks (and maybe even their legislators) to see what they are willing to give up or work for, to get what they want.
Almost all of us are on a budget and decisions are made to determine where we’re going to spend our income. So, instead of just saying they want more, young people should decide what they would rather have.
What are you willing to give up to get something else?