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September 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Health-care debate rages

Protesters in D.C. should get what they deserve

The thousands who descended on Washington this weekend to protest what they perceive as a misguided health-care reform certainly deserve to be heard. I only hope they find the same success in changing government policy that the millions of us around the world who protested against the misguided Iraq war found in 2002.

The president should politely acknowledge their view, then proceed to push forward full-steam ahead with the legislation America needs.

— Mike Kelly, Bainbridge Island

Where were protesters during last term?

To the protesters in D.C over the weekend:

When our government spends billions of dollars to start an untenable war that at best sends our troops into harm’s way without a clear goal or exit plan, and at worst actively kills innocent civilians, where were you the last eight years [“Masses flock to D.C. to vent on Obama, course of country,” page one, Sept. 13]?

For eight years these D.C. protesters never breathed a word of objection. However, when our government wants to spend money to at most prevent people from dying as a result of inadequate, nonexistent or corrupt health care, and at least enact reforms to give people more health care options, they line the streets of our capital foaming at the mouth in protest.

Apparently they do not have a problem with people dying at war overseas and they do not have a problem with people dying here from lack of insurance. Now there’s a “death panel” for you.

— Sabath Mullet, Issaquah

If it’s good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for me

Question: What kind of medical coverage do all of our senators and representatives in congress, including the president, have?

Answer: They all have single-payer health-care coverage.

If a single-payer health-care plan is good enough for our president and for members of our Congress [“Obama finds his voice on health-care reform,” Opinion, Syndicated columnist, Sept. 11], why not have it for the rest of us? Single-payer coverage would be by far the simplest, least expensive and most efficient health-care plan for all Americans; it would basically be Medicare coverage extended to everyone.

Health-care reform should just leave out the useless intermediaries: insurance companies that only create unnecessary bureaucracy and additional costs and don’t actually provide health care at all. Let us move on to the best possible solution: single-payer universal health-care coverage for all Americans. At the very least, we need a strong public option.

— Caroline Herzenberg, Chicago

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