Im not surprised that both Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) blasted President Bush, because that is all they do all the time (Rob hospitals to pay poor, Jan. 29, p. 6). They never offer any constructive ideas, facts or plans other than to simply complain about President Bush.
Further, Clinton maintains her position by saying we need nationalized healthcare, but she never specifies how the Democrats would pay for it, how it would work and what role insurers would play in it.
I have been engaged in healthcare for more than 20 years, including working at two large integrated delivery systems in Wisconsin and Illinois, and at Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. I can say that the last thing the U.S. needs is nationalized healthcare. In Australia, I personally witnessed the government hospital closing down nursing units at the end of each month and postponing elective surgeries because the hospital had consumed the bulk of its government-provided operating funds for that month. Clinton never talks about facts such as these. I strongly support President Bush and his healthcare plans, which you summarize so well in your article.
Kevin KarlAlgonquin, Ill.
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