Virginia Seuffert’s fears about “national health care” are shared by others but are at odds with the experience of millions of Americans with Medicare. [Isn’t government grand, Viewpoints, Sept. 2]

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof put it this way on September 2: “Health care reform may be defeated this year in part because so many Americans believe the government can’t do anything right and fear that a doctor will come to resemble an IRS agent with a scalpel. Yet the part of America’s health care system that consumers like best is the government-run part. Fifty-six to 60 percent of people in government-run Medicare rate it a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale. In contrast, only 40 percent of those enrolled in private insurance rank their plans that high. Multiple surveys back that up. For example, 68 percent of those in Medicare feel that their own interests are the priority, compared with only 48 percent of those enrolled in private insurance.”

Bill Donnelly
Oak Park

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