Rep. Thompson's health care reform ideas are costly, risky
Mike Thompson ("Health care reform, now," June 11) has been a congressman since 1999 for California's first district, and we have a philosophical divide. Health care is a service that people can choose, not a right that is to be paid for by robbing my bank account to pay for another. Also note that Rep. Thompson realizes that "no one will get everything they want and andhellip; more reform" will be required.
Massachusetts recently passed a mandatory insurance act to ensure that each citizen had health insurance. Rep. Thompson and our president are proposing the same idea but on a national scale. From 2007 to 2009 the subsidized portion of the Massachusetts program has nearly doubled; $630 million to $1.3 billion. Think about this on a national level; how much more money will the federal government take to provide for the needs of others?
When someone other than the person getting a good or service pays for the used good or service, the demand will increase. If someone else was forced to pay the fuel bill for my RV, I would likely spend more time in the seat. As a free society we cannot demand that our fellow man pay for something that I use. By looting the producers to pay for those who do not, society encourages productive people to produce less or stop producing altogether.
Rep. Thompson recognizes that no matter what bills are passed, more will need to be done in the future. This is the fundamental problem when government pokes its nose into the marketplace. There will be unintended consequences that result from this noble social program; costs will go up. "If you think health care is expensive now, wait till it is free," is a phrase bantered about. Twenty percent of our GDP is spent on health care and who spends the most? If one totals up all government expenditures for health care, one finds that nearly 50 percent of all money spent is already coming from the government, I mean from our tax dollars.
Meaningful legislation will provide tort reform; make it harder for doctors to get sued. Good legislation will allow pharmacists to provide prescription medicine without wasting a doctor's time on writing prescriptions. Real reform will improve actual care, not the number of people that have insurance. Rep. Thompson is not an evil man but the philosophy he holds, if enacted, will have malevolent consequences.
Joe Nathan Albertson
Crescent City blessed with many caring people
I haven't lived in Crescent City very long, but I've noticed a lot of community spirit.
People, churches and nonprofit organizations taking the time to help others in their time of need. I've noticed people taking pride in their community; keeping it clean and a safe place to live. Recycling seems to be a very important around here. I was at the recycling center last week, and I noticed many people there, waiting patiently in line, to get their aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles recycled. Other items such as ink cartridges, lasers, and cell phones can also be recycled.
These types of items can be donated to the Community Assistance Network and all the funds collected will be used to help the community. That is so wonderful.
Crescent City is blessed with many caring people who are willing to help others. Why wouldn't anyone want to live here?