LETTER: Americans unaware of costs of nationalized health care

Monday, August 24, 2009 | 3:57 p.m. CDT; updated 11:11 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Have the pundits spoken anywhere about the estimated costs (personal and yearly) for nationalized health care to the citizens of the United States? If we are about to make a purchase don’t we ask the exact cost of it and then check our monthly expenses to ensure our ability to pay?

What if someone knocked on my door and offered to install central air-conditioning, and I said, “Gosh, that sounds really good. OK. Just send me the bill.”?

Even though I have never taken a class in economics, I can still use common sense and logic. If we are all forced (through penalties) to pay for our common health care, then:

1) Isn’t that a tax?

2) How will the homeless pay?

3) How will those who support themselves within the -$0- tax bracket pay?

4) How can today’s youth support the burden of the Woodstock generation as it grows into its dotage?

5) Should the millions of people who have lived healthy lifestyles and have chosen to save their money instead of giving it to insurance companies pay for the indigent and the Woodstock generation, knowing that they will most likely never have to use the system themselves (or if they did they could have paid for it out of pocket)?

6) What about the millions of religious people who, for reasons that are protected by the Constitution, do not want computerized medical care, backed up by a pharmaceutical system that uses mutated human/animal genetic factors? Will they be forced to pay, too?

But who, practically speaking, will bear the brunt of the cost? — The middle class, the young and healthy. Frankly I’m surprised that it’s only the older people who are shown in the media yelling at the town halls. Every one of us would do well to voice our concerns about how we can pay for this.

Say, now I can tell air-conditioner man to build me a second floor on the house with an attached apartment. Because — “I’ll get the money somehow, if I expect I can.”


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