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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009

Dear Gerry,

Last week’s letter did show that the Constitution’s preamble by "we, the people," did indeed desire to empower the federal government to concern itself with the health of American citizens when it refers to "welfare." Thank-you to the writer for clearing that up for everyone.

I’m not quite sure why socialism keeps being brought up. In neither Canada nor Switzerland do the doctors work for the government. Doctors have their own private practices. (Canada’s system was the model for our Medicare.) Medicare is not a form of socialism. It’s just my opinion, but I wouldn’t shy away from considering incrementations of any system which will improve the unfairness we now have.

The VA and military have shown that the government can do a good job on the health front. In a recent book I saw reviewed on TV, the VA was ranked first overall in cost-cutting and quality.

I would remind writers that in Mason we do try to keep our letters to the editor free of what might be taken as personal aspersions. We all benefit from learning more about unfamiliar ideas, but there’s no need to veer towards character assassination when describing holders of ideas we don’t agree with.

Signed,

An Unrepentant Sneaky Scoundrel

Helen Liston

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