Several of the presidential candidates state that they would provide universal health care andquot;because that is what the people want.andquot;

If you are one of those that think that we should have government in our health care business, please answer my following simple questions. I don't want politically correct statements such as, andquot;you are paying for it under the welfare stateandquot; or andquot;everyone else is doing it,andquot; but simple straightforward answers, preferably on a personal basis.

I am retired on a fixed income, and at times took lower paying jobs so that I would have retirement benefits. I am lucky with good health for someone my age. Question: Why should you pay for my health care if needed?

My son with teenage kids recently had major surgery to replace his heart valve. His mother and I are taking turns helping him out with home care. Question: Why should you pay for his health care?

As mentioned above, I have limited funds and drive an old, beat up pickup truck. Question: As a taxpayer, why should I pay for your health care?

James Wisbauer

Crescent City