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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 22, 2009

Dear Editor,

My children and I have enjoyed Blanco as our home for many years. We moved from Blanco to Canada about nine years ago. From time to time, I pull up the Blanco newspaper online and catch up on all the news.

I just finished reading an article in the Opinion section about how great it would be if everyone had health coverage. Mr. Swann says that there are people screaming socialism and that the statements being made that are inflammatory are untrue. Mr. Swann, let me guarantee that if the health care bill passes you will still not get health care like our government officials. If you want to know what socialized health care is like, and if you think it is so great, then I urge you to come to Canada to live here for a while. Hopefully, you will not get sick while you are here.

I am home sick today. Yesterday I had to see the doctor. There is no such thing as having your own private doctor; there simply aren’t enough of them. I have to go to a walk-in clinic and wait about three hours to get in. If you have to go to the emergency room, be prepared for a very long wait. Average wait time for surgery is about 18 weeks, a CT scan 6 weeks.

I have a co-worker who has a tumor growing on her ovaries. She is on the priority list; she will have them removed in two months. She has been given pain medicine to cope while she waits. My brother-in-law’s son is going deaf in his left ear. He has a six-month wait before he can see a specialist.

Want birth control? You go to a special clinic where they also give drug addicts free needles and crack pipes. I can go on and on. While I concede that things need to be improved with health care in the U.S., I don’t think that socialized health care is the answer because, if I had a choice, I would take health care in the United States over Canada any day. Our health care is in shambles; the government simply can’t afford the cost it takes to run it. And we only have 34 million people here! Imagine the burden it would take to provide for every citizen in the U.S. You enjoy the best health care in the world; count yourself blessed that you have it.

Heather DeGrandpre’

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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