Healthcare situation is absolutely revolting

October 26, 2004

Dear Editor:

I recently witnessed something I never thought I would see in the United States of America. For a significant period of time, I saw the sick and the elderly in wheelchairs, using walkers, using portable oxygen and barely able to stand in the wind, rain and cold waiting to get a flu shot. The apparent abuse of these folks by incompetent political and healthcare leadership is beyond the pale.

First, to tell people that they need the shot to, more or less, survive and then say we don't have the vaccine, is unconscionable. As I said, I put the blame solely on our political leaders (including our doctor governor) and the healthcare leaders. I think that the head of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Surgeon General of the United States should be fired for openers.

Second , I believe that quality drugs should be manufactured in the United States in the amounts necessary and not bought in large quantities from foreign sources. To tell the American people that drugs manufactured in the United States and shipped to Canada can be bought cheaper from Canada or other countries is insulting and ludicrous.


Third, stop the pharmaceutical companies from lobbying and receiving favorable legal and tax perks (which encourages out-sourcing). Also, we don't need a drug ad on television running almost every five minutes. Stop the ads and lower the drug costs.

Fourth, as a Korean War vet, I find this country's healthcare situation absolutely revolting, and it makes me wonder what I, and other vets, fought for. To "promote the general welfare" of our people is what the founding fathers wisely stated in the Constitution.

Wake up America. A good way to start is to throw the incumbent Republicrats and Demopublicans out of office and put in new blood that represents the people and not just themselves and special interests.

Albert F. Kuhr


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