September 19, 2009 in Letters

Medicare right for all

The Spokesman-Review

Thanks to The Spokesman and to Dr. Robert Golden for the excellent guest article on health care (Sept. 12). After 34 years of practicing medicine, I agree completely with his analysis and conclusion that we should have Medicare for all Americans. In my practice, it was the private insurance companies who refused to pay for prescriptions that I wrote. They decided which cheaper drug could be used. Medicare never came between me and my patient.

As a retired Medicare beneficiary, I really appreciate the confidence I have that my medical care will be covered. The president is trying to change the “health care system” and I hope he succeeds, but a single-payer system would be better. The individuals crying about the government interfering in their lives should realize that “it ain’t 1776 anymore.”

Gary Petersen, M.D.

Coeur d’Alene

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