The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Opinion

December 5, 2009

Health reform must help everyone

I know that as you read this, many of you are going to disagree with me. That’s OK, but that’s also the problem.

No one is going to argue with me about the USA being the greatest country in the world. We have so much and we have so much to offer and we are hated by parts of the world because of it.

The opportunities in this country are not handed to you. Sure, we have welfare and other social programs, but they are crutches. Jobs and real financial success are earned, not handed out to those in need.

I completely agree success should be earned. It is my contention the playing field is not level. Our new president is trying to get us national health care. He received my vote because of his stance, as did Bill Clinton before him.

Without health care or health care reform, we are going to continue our downward slide behind other developed countries.

Whether you agree with me or not, other countries are healthier than us. Every day you can find an article about our obesity, but even more alarming is our children’s increasing obesity. National health care isn’t going to rid us of our problems, but it’s a start.

It is my belief that the best care shouldn’t be at Johns Hopkins or the Mayo Clinic but actually at the Veterans Affairs hospitals. Our veterans shouldn’t have to worry about their health care nor should our police, our firefighters or our teachers.

If someone has the ability to be a doctor but they don’t have the financial resources, they should receive a free education in exchange for a five-year stint at a VA hospital. That should be true for nurses, physical therapists, you name it.

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