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Paki Wieland: Fleitman ignores the larger question

To the editor:

In response to Jay Fleitman’s Oct. 1 column, want to clarify the question of the societal cost of health care. Is not the role of our government to secure the well being of its people? Taxes for health care are more in keeping with the role of government than taxes for war profiteers who, in fact, create greater insecurity for the people. How do we want our taxes spent? I say to provide for the common good, health care is one of the ways that good should be provided.

I would add that single-payer universal health care would be more beneficial to more people than continuing to use health insurance (for profit) companies, but the Affordable Health Care Act is better for the people than the health care system it is replacing.

Jay Fleitman’s “Government is deemed good and so nobody cares” is such a throw-away line. It cuts off critical discussion on the big issue of the out-of-control costs of health care, the bottom line for just about every employer in the country. That is the dimension of the debate sorely lacking; we need to look at the cost of health care and to whom those costs are paid.

Paki Wieland

Northampton

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