Regarding Rep. Dennis Kucinichs commentary: After 36 years in healthcare, and nearly 60 years of life, I do not like being a fatalist. However, it appears to me that our healthcare system and the war in Iraq have at least one thing very much in common: I believe that if we do nothing to alter our healthcare system, generally speaking, we are going to move closer and closer to an even greater healthcare crisis. In addition, I believe most of the healthcare reform that is being considered will likewise move us rapidly toward a comparable crisis, on a national basis.
Regarding the war, assuming we remain in the Middle East, I believe that we will continue to lose American lives, and the problems that have plagued the region historically will continue to exist. Assuming we withdraw our troops, I believe the bloodshed in the Middle East will escalate dramatically. Likewise, our withdrawal will certainly, as some of the pundits suggest, embolden the leaders of radical Islam.
My thoughts remind me of something I recently heard HCAs Jack Bovender say. When asked what he was going to do about provision of uncompensated care at HCA hospitals, his reply was, Pray a lot.
I wish I had a good idea regarding both healthcare and the war in the Middle East to offer those who choose to pray over these issues, or to those who choose not to.
Alton ReynoldsSenior vice presidentNagle & AssociatesAtlanta
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