Re Doug Ross letter, "Health legislation is a winner," May 8:
Ross' stating that the U.S. Constitution guarantees health care twists the words of that document beyond belief.
Our Constitution simply states "promote the general Welfare," not "provide."
Look up the the word "infringed," of Second Amendment fame, and then ask oneself, when does one not have the right of self-defense, and who has the authority to tell citizens they cannot defend themselves except under certain conditions?
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Ross' absurd claims of people dying in this country without health care doesn't hold water. Any U.S. citizen can enter any medical facility that has emergency capabilities and receive excellent treatment.
How many citizens of South Carolina have received excellent health care but could not pay, yet their medical costs were absorbed by those who could pay? Wait until the real costs and reduction in benefits set in and then tell me this is as good as sliced bread.
How about the medical system in which I grew up: You get sick and you pay the the doctor and hospital.
Why do we need insurance companies? How about all U.S. citizens joining a national health pool, controlled by citizens (no federal interference) who receive modest remuneration, say $24,000 a year. It will be composed of retired executives, doctors, nurses, etc. who at the county level of every state monitor the costs of their local medical facilities and submit bills to the national health pool for reimbursement.
No citizen would be required to become a member, yet would receive equal treatment as a pool member but would also receive a bill that reflects treatment costs (no possible jail time or fine for not being a member). Absolute poverty cases would be judged independently; we are the most giving nation on earth.
No one should lose their home over severe medical costs, period. But to say paying hundreds of thousands of federal bureaucrats is going to ensure excellent health care is "whistling past the graveyard," i.e., Medicare.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach