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Letters to the editor, October 19

Follow the Constitution

A current controversy in Congress is about funding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Government funding of health care is original.

Currently, we have two major government health care programs: Medicare and Medicaid. Both have been successful in providing reasonable health care to recipients. Of course, there are weaknesses and errors as in any human activity, but by almost any standard they are efficient and effective.

The health systems in the United States are costly and not the most effective in the world. The U.S. spends about $8,000 per person on health care; Norway about $5,400; and New Zealand about $3,000. Available evidence suggests that the health care quality in the U.S. is not better than the quality of health care in other industrialized nations.

Our health care is inadequate and costly. The enactment of Obamacare is an effort to improve our health care system. It is not perfect, but weaknesses can be corrected or improved upon as the system is activated. Certainly, improvements can be made if efforts are permitted.

Historically, there were objections to most social benefit laws. Social Security was derided. Medicare had fierce objectors. Both of these laws have provided strong support to our economy and to the beneficiaries.

We are all better off because of these provisions.

If both houses of Congress and the president agree this bill should be repealed, we will follow the Constitution. For one house of Congress to refuse to fund the law with an attachment to continuing budget resolution was not appropriate.

Bill Giese