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Socialized medicine has failed

First, thank you for your service to our country, and I’m glad to hear that the VA has worked out their problems and is providing decent care for you (“Get past ‘socialized medicine’ fear,” Letters, April 14).

Socialized medicine has been a complete failure in any country it has been tried. Why do we hear stories of people coming to the U.S. for their operations all of the time? It is because either they couldn’t get in to see a doctor or were denied the operation in their home country. People die waiting for approval.

You seem to think everybody will receive the same care as our president and members of Congress. Pssst, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Socialized medicine would only take away the incentive of our fine doctors and bury them in bureaucratic red tape and paperwork. Your health would be in the hands of the bean counters.

Let’s just work to improve the free market system we have. It’s the best health care system in the world.

Norm Kuhlman

Post Falls