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War, health care and life expectancy

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:00 am

This is in reply to Joe Guzzardi, Linda Gooden and other articles.

Guzzardi states that only 38 percent Americans support the proposed health care. I am sure those 38 percent are probably people without health care, people who had a bad experience with their current health insurance, like the insurance was canceled or a life-saving operation denied, etc.

Why are so many others against it when nobody really knows what's included in this bill and 49 percent (according to Guzzardi) do not even know what a public option is?

Why do people think that the health care in Canada, Britain and Europe is so bad, when the life expectancy of these countries are way ahead of the U.S.? For instance: Switzerland has a life expectancy of 81.7 years, the U.S. is at 78.2 years. As a matter of fact, the U.S. is number 38 on the list, just below Cuba. Should we be proud of that?

Well, it all starts with the right wing in Congress fighting it with all their might. If it would not be for the right wing fighting this to the end, for negative media and for articles like Guzzardi's "Obamacare a lose-lose," Linda Gooden's "Kill the bill" and others, this health care bill would have been passed long ago.

Linda Gooden states it is too expensive — she has health insurance, why bother about the rest of us? Nothing is free. We always seem to have plenty of money for wars, but when it comes to health care, it is "too expensive."

Let's hope that the richest country in the world will soon have health insurance for every citizen!

Heinz Lehrach

Lodi

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