Wait til it’s free

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

I hear from many Demo­cratic sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives that the Repub­li­can health care bill will cause (ac­cord­ing to Bernie San­ders) 28,000 peo­ple per year to die be­cause of lack of ac­cess to in­sur­ance. I will make a much more probable as­sess­ment. We will see the deaths of 50,000 or more due the loss of in­no­va­tion in our med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties. When we be­come a so­cial­ized medicine coun­try, all the ge­nius and won­der­ful med­i­cal in­no­va­tions that have come about even in the past 10 years will be our last. There won’t be any in­cen­tive to be more than medi­ocre. Pos­si­ble cures for can­cer, Alzheimer’s, leukemia and the like will be, in­stead of just over the next hill, light years away. If you think health care is ex­pen­sive now,

wait un­til it’s free.

Stephen Lynch, Ok­la­homa City

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