LETTER: Vaslow distorted Obama's health care plan

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | 2:06 p.m. CDT; updated 11:41 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

The editorial by Dale Vaslow, published on Oct. 21, was very misleading and does not reflect the facts about Barack Obama's health care proposals. The author used a classic "bait and switch" approach by dismissing Mr. Obama's actual proposals in the first paragraph, relabeling his plan "Obamacare," and then proceeding to attack the single payer approach to health care financing (which Mr. Obama is NOT proposing).

By setting up and tearing down this straw man, Dale Vaslow avoided any actual discussion of Mr. Obama's real proposal, which would help more people get affordable health insurance coverage and access to health care. Boone County voters are smarter than that and won't fall for such tactics. 

We know that high costs put health care out of the reach of many ordinary people who do not have insurance and cause many people to lose everything they have built up in their lifetimes. We need a new approach, and Barack Obama has proposed a good one. Go to to see the details.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 23, 2008 | 2:14 p.m.

Too many are trying to distort the issues all over.

Here is another link to the comparisons of health care between Obama and McCain:

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Doctor R October 24, 2008 | 3:14 p.m.

I am 10,000% behind Dale Vaslow on this issue. He delivered a cogent, insightful, and really smart piece on how socialism is BAD!

I am looking forward to more articles from him where he addresses other areas that socialism is creeping into our society.

Here are some suggested topics he could attack:

Socialized Firefighting!
Free education for other people's children
PUBLIC Libraries
Highways paid for by YOUR TAX DOLLARS! (If you can't afford a helicopter, TOO BAD! Dirt roads were fine for your great grandparents.)
Subsidized school lunches
Subsidized immunizations
Socialized Law Enforcement. (The police are paid for by your TAX DOLLARS. Private security could provide this service to those who need it and want to pay for it.)
A socialized judicial system. (Judges and the expenses of court rooms are paid for by everyone, and could be replaced by private justice systems that make sure YOU get the justice you pay for.)
Socialized Defense! The Army, Navy, Air Force, etc. (Private defense companies can protect those who pay for it. The rest of you can move to Switzerland if you're so fond of socialism.)


Please, Mr. Vaslow, write another article so people can WAKE UP to this evil creeping into American Society! Our Foundling Fathers didn't fight and die for freedom from tyrants so that you would have to pay for other people's luxuries.

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Ayn Rand October 24, 2008 | 3:47 p.m.

There's a big difference between paying taxes for a fire service that you might never use and subsidizing health care for someone whose diseases are the result of their poor lifestyle choices and unwillingness to change. Example:

Unless the system forces the irresponsible to pay their full share, I refuse to pay in.

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Doctor R October 24, 2008 | 9:18 p.m.

Irresponsible people start fires too! There is no difference at all between paying for firefighters and paying for healthcare. They are all SOCIALISM!

You should only have to pay for yourself! Not other irresponsible fire-starters or fatties!

If people want to read a book, they should buy it themselves! Don't expect to go to the library and read a book that somebody else paid for!! That is SOCIALISM!

If kids want to learn to read they can do it themselves! Don't make anybody else pay for their laziness and irresponsibility by sending them to a PUBLIC SCHOOL! That is SOCIALISM!


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