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A Nov. 7 letter by Leland Stanley of Cody was published with the heading, "We can create a universal health care system." There are many complications that must be considered:

1. What we now call "greed" has been in the past called the "urge to survive." Dilute the urge to survive and very quickly a nation can become a nation of dependents on government. France and Greece at this moment are perfect examples.

2. Federal involvement in national health care is unconstitutional.

3. Since three parties are involved — government, providers and patients — accountability is imaginary. The federal government has a printing press that invites nonaccountability. Providers view the system as an invitation to the ragged edge of accountability. Patients don't have to be accountable since others will do the paying. This arrangement is a perfect recipe for failure.

4. Our federal government is a spectacular failure at managing money; our debt is now far past bankruptcy. With that record, how can we possibly expect good results with Uncle Sam as manager?

In our society it is politically correct to be "for" programs with good intentions, anything that sounds nice with compassion. Economically and socially, federal health care is a major disaster in progress. Honesty demands that we focus on the real world and not be swindled by idealistic self deception.

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Leland P. Cade

Billings

 

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