The Rocky Mountain News has published two (!) of my LTEs on consecutive days.
On February 18, 2009, they printed this letter opposing the latest proposal for “single payer” health care in Colorado:
Single-payer health care has failed in every other country
Paul Hsieh, Sedalia
Response to your story, “Dems’ bill shoots for universal health care” from 2/5/2009 by Ed Sealover.
Single-payer health care has failed in every other country that has tried it. Canada controls health costs by forcing patients to wait months for MRI scans and cardiac surgeries that Americans can get in a few days.
Single-payer advocates mistakenly claim that health care is a “right”.
Health care is a *need*, not a right. Rights are freedoms of action (such as the right to free speech), not automatic claims on goods and services that must be produced by another.
Instead of single-payer health care, America needs free-market reforms, such as allowing patients to purchase insurance across state lines and use health savings accounts for routine expenses. Insurers should be allowed to sell inexpensive, catastrophic-only policies to cover rare but expensive events.
Such reforms could reduce costs and make insurance available to millions who cannot currently afford it, while respecting individual rights.
On February 19, 2009, they printed this letter on the Obama Administration’s expanded welfare state programs:
Heads they win, tails we lose
Dr. Paul Hsieh, Sedalia
When the economy is bad, welfare statists say, “We must expand government programs because everyone is hurting.” When the economy is good, they say, “We must expand them because we can finally afford it.”
If I didn’t know better, I’d think that they wanted to increase people’s dependency on government programs regardless of the reason.