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Can we survive more government meddling?

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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 10:00 pm

Two daughters were born to my wife and I in 1959 and 1960. I was attending the University of Arizona on the GI Bill and my wife worked as a bookkeeper.

We didn't make a lot of money, but we were able to put away a bit of money each week. After each birth, we paid the doctor and hospital bills. Each amounted to a little more than $200. Neither an insurance company nor any government was involved.

In 1962, while I was employed by the city of Los Angeles, our son was born. The city offered a "hospitalization" plan which covered a portion of a hospital stay. We paid our physician directly. Everyone I knew did the same thing. Both my wife and I understood that "health care" was the physical care a person took of himself and that of his family, and "medical care" was the care one received from a professional in the medical field.

Now, 50 years later, the federal government controls more than 50 percent of all medical care, and what a disaster it's been. Costs are out of sight and a wedge has been driven between the medical care provider and the patients.

Can we really survive any more government intervention into anything as critical as our medical care?

Cliff Shirk

Lodi

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