In response to the Jan. 26 letter from Rev. Stephen H. Swanson on health care, Reverend, I hope you're not suggesting that we condemn our fellow citizens to months of pain while waiting in line to even see a doctor (see Canada's health care program) or condemning ourselves to living in pain with a cancer because the medicine is too expensive (again see Canada's cancer survival rate compared to ours).
And certainly you're not suggesting we surrender our God-given abilities to analyze, choose and exercise our free will and hand them over to government bureaucrats who care more about the dollar spent than the care given.
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Finally, Reverend, in light of our response to Haiti, Katrina victims and the Far East tsunami victims, shame on you for even suggesting we don't care about our fellow citizens and/or the world citizens. As the saying goes, "God works in mysterious ways," and by defeating this horrendously written bill passed with bribes and coercion, hopefully, now we can reach a compromise that will provide for the 17 million Americans who need and can't get health care without tearing apart the best system in the world.
Martin J. Uttich