- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If you add up Medicare, Medicaid and government employment (civilian and military), you will find that a huge number of Americans already have taxpayer-funded health care. The elderly, poor children, university professors, congressmen and teachers all have it. The parents and grandparents (if living) of members of The Washington Times editorial board get taxpayer-funded health insurance.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, who is working hard to scuttle meaningful reform, has it. Former Rep. Dick Armey, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had taxpayer-funded health insurance for much of their adult lives. Sarah Palin had it while governor of Alaska. These people relied on the government to pay for their health care and health insurance, and it didn’t result in euthanasia or socialism.

It is bizarre to see people who are, or have been, dependent upon taxpayer-funded health insurance telling the rest of us that we shouldn’t have access to it. I get the sense that while some of the people who oppose reform have legitimate concerns, most oppose it because they get large contributions from the health-insurance industry or because real reform would be perceived as a “win” for President Obama.

JOHN BLANENSHIP

Coralville, Iowa

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