Universal health care not a left-wing program

info@islandpacket.comOctober 27, 2013 

A letter writer recently referred to the president's health care program as totally socialist in concept and creation.

Obviously, he has not done his homework on the introduction and operation of universal health care programs in other parts of the world.

I have just returned from Turkey, where there is universal health care. By no stretch of the imagination can anyone say that Turkey is socialist. It had a right-wing conservative government for the past 15 years.

Just a few weeks ago, I was in Germany, another country that has universal health care for its citizens. The current government could never be called socialist; neither could the previous one.

Finally, refer the writer to the United Kingdom, which was the first country in the world to introduce universal health coverage. Again, I would hardly call the conservative government of Prime Minister David Cameron socialist, quite the reverse. Providing affordable health care is not a feature of left-wing politics; it's simply common sense and in the long run far less expensive that having 30 million people depending on local hospital services that in the final analysis, we all pay for.

Geoff Wheatley

Hilton Head Island

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