- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 23, 2009

Some people argue that government competition is needed in the health care industry. Others fear that government competition will drive out private insurers and wreck the industry. Given that the government would not have to pay state insurance taxes, would not have to make a profit, can simply print money and would not have to pay for advertising, the second argument seems valid to all but the most ardent socialist.

Once political will decided to drive down costs to gain votes, that would be the end of the free-market health care system. To some, that may be acceptable. But those of us who have had to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care for our loved ones or ourselves know that a government-run monopoly is not a good thing.

ED JOHNSON

Royal Oak, Mich.

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