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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:00 am

I would like to respond to the letter of Aug. 31, from Mr. Cliff Shirk.

If you think government is meddling in health care and you're against it, then why didn't you refuse to have government meddling in your education at the University of Arizona provided by the G.I. Bill? You had no problem with the taxpayers paying for your education.

It's immoral for the wealthiest nation in the world to have 40 million Americans who can't afford health care. It's immoral that bean counters of HMOs and insurance firms can deny a claim, or if you get sick corporate insurance firms can drop you.

Americans don't need health insurance; Americans need health care. Just what use do we have for these corporate insurances? What do these insurance firms do but raise the cost of our health care? Reform health care now.

And in response to Mr. Cator's letter of Sept. 1, I would like to say that Barry Goldwater never met George W. Bush or Dick Cheney. These two were the very biggest liars of all time. Cator forgot there were no weapons of mass destruction. And the lies got Americans killed in a war we had no business getting into.

President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are very fine leaders who are turning this Bush/Cheney recession around. The stimulus is beginning to work.

Cator and his fellow conservatives have hated American social programs since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law and Cator's conservative party voted against Medicare when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law. I guess they would be against the reform of health care. It's for the people, not corporate fat cats.

The health care reform bill is about getting more Americans into the system and lowering the cost of the costliest health care system in the world.

After President Obama passes health care reform this year, he will save the sovereignty of Social Security next year, which Bush tried to give away to Wall Street; to people like Ken Lay of Enron and Bernard Madoff, who is now in jail.

Arne Aasen


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