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In a recent letter Bill Kirkpatrick criticizes me for sharing memories of life in the Soviet Union to warn of the severe shortages that invariably result from government control of health care.
While all Soviet citizens were “insured,” every one of them suffered in long and miserable lines for “universal care” rationed by a bureaucrat. The result? Hospitals bereft of such bourgeois luxuries as bedding, anesthesia and especially antibiotics, the lack of which nearly killed my mother after I was born. Good doctors were equally as scarce since they were paid as much as janitors, and calls to the 911 system were greeted with the cold and callous catchphrase of “How old is the patient?”
While Mr. Kirkpatrick’s concern for the uninsured is appropriate, his solution of consigning every American to experience the brutal system in which I once lived is exactly the wrong prescription.
Chief of Staff, Rep. Tom McClintock