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Reader: Comment in column 'reprehensible', focus on insurance

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To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the op-ed in the Wednesday, July 29 edition of The Wilson Post titled "Medical Care Issue too complicated for Obama" by George Robertson, M.D.

I found Dr. Robertson's proposal that medical care should be withheld from elderly and special needs individuals reprehensible. Mahatma Ghandi said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." The thought that a government bureaucrat might hold the power of a senior citizen’s health care is a dark vision indeed. I challenge Dr. Robertson to determine who would judge whether a person is "productive," and what special needs child would be worthy of specialized care.

It sounds easy to use "logic" until the money runs dry and then what happens? Do we continue to further shrink the eligible pool of citizens who may receive health care down to only those of working age and otherwise healthy?  Do we discard to the scrapheap the remainder? I pray we never see such barbarity in our country.

He’s right on one thing -- health care coverage should focus on health INSURANCE. There is no other insurance product on the market in which people expect to use it as soon as possible other than health insurance. This has resulted in health insurance policies being priced essentially as pre-paid medical care policies, which is why our rates are increasing so rapidly. Michael HersheyLebanon

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