Vote them out
I whole-heartedly agree with Robert Brian (Your Views, Sept. 8). My wife and I also make too much to qualify for health subsidies and pay an exorbitant amount for health insurance with large deductibles. While politicians have continually catered to insurance companies and Big Pharma, Americans are getting ripped off with an inferior product. I also will move out of the country, as I have lost all faith in our political representation. All we hear is how the politicians are looking to change the existing health care model. They have excellent examples throughout the world, but do nothing.
To agree with Brian one more time — vote them out. Time is up. Time to go.
Ray Krcha, Norman
I hope Robert Brian (Your Views, Sept. 8) enjoys Ecuador. Before government got involved, his health insurance was most likely affordable. What makes him think more government involvement will make the situation better? The socialist countries he thinks are so wonderful have outrageous tax rates, months-long waits for preventative care and substandard treatment because there is no incentive for doctors to excel and no incentive for cutting-edge research. Those who want government making their health care decisions, please move to a socialist country and leave us freedom- and liberty-loving people to make our own decisions.
Redmond Barry, Oklahoma City
Regarding the letter by Robert Brian (Your Views, Sept. 8): My husband is from Canada with many friends and relatives living there, so we are quite acquainted with the one-payer health care system. Canada has some of the longest wait times in the developed world as well as severe rationing of health technology (only 8.8 MRI machines per million people, for example, when the USA has 35.5).
Delays in medical care after a cancer diagnosis have led to early death for 44,000 women in Canada. In Scotland, survival rates for all cancer patients are significantly lower than in America. The U.K. National Health Service patient is 45 percent more likely to die in the hospital than a U.S. patient. In Canada, my cousin was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After three months of waiting, the cancer had spread to her other kidney. When she was put on dialysis, she drove 120 miles for treatment three times a week. She died.
Morality rates of countries that have universal health care, compared with Americans, are staggering. I think I will pass on universal health care.
Carole Blacke, Yukon