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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


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