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To the editor:

So government-run health care is the law of the land. The transition to socialized medicine is now underway as insurance companies are forced out of business and replaced over time by a government run single payer system.

Unfortunately when government takes over any enterprise and controls economic activity prices inevitably rise, rationing is unavoidable and red tape becomes the norm. Remember the Soviet Union where long lines and empty shelves were commonplace for average folk and the elite and foreigners with U.S. dollars were allowed access to special restricted stores where the shelves were stocked full?

Government-run anything cannot be as efficient as private enterprise. When a private business starts to fail it either improves or goes out of business and is replaced by something better. When the government does a bad job it doesn’t go away; it gets bigger and raises taxes.

So we can look forward to shabby health care, except for “the rich” of course. “The rich” will get superior health care — just like in Europe and Cuba. We won’t get to keep our doctor, government bureaucrats will decide if grampa will get treatment or not, we’ll see less innovation, fewer new and better treatments and medicine.

Veterans in the U.S. who already deal with a government-run health care system through the Veterans Administration oftentimes can’t even get appointments to see a doctor. Fewer and fewer people will be interested in becoming physicians.   Young doctors will continue to be saddled with unbelievable college debts that they may never be able to pay off. The current health care system, not perfect but still the best the world has ever seen, is being dismantled.

Government bureaucrats, not physicians, will soon dictate what will happen with our personal health care. The time when we had the freedom to make our own health care decisions is over.    We are left with false hope, empty change, rationing, substandard care and a mountain of national debt that sooner or later will erupt right in our faces.

When you’re ready to vote this November think about who will most likely help us get off the path we are on.

THOMAS R. GREENE

Bainbridge Island

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