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The downside of government care

Letter to the Editor

As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I am saddened by the state of affairs within the Veterans Affairs system.

But, more concerning, I am becoming increasingly alarmed that this will be the state of government-run health care. My last job as a nurse practitioner was within a health care system on the West Coast. This system was very close to socialized medicine in a self-funded insurance setting. There were wait lists for appointments and procedures. The doctors were given an average salary and had no incentive to increase patient load or increase the number of procedures done each week. Nor did they care about the quantity or quality of health care. Why worry about a wait list – they were paid the same for one procedure a week, or several. All employees were forced into unions. Service was poor and things were dumbed down to mediocrity. My husband and I both had cancer and were on the operating room table within three weeks. Thank goodness we had private insurance through his company and not the other insurance through my work. ...

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As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I am saddened by the state of affairs within the Veterans Affairs system.

But, more concerning, I am becoming increasingly alarmed that this will be the state of government-run health care. My last job as a nurse practitioner was within a health care system on the West Coast. This system was very close to socialized medicine in a self-funded insurance setting. There were wait lists for appointments and procedures. The doctors were given an average salary and had no incentive to increase patient load or increase the number of procedures done each week. Nor did they care about the quantity or quality of health care. Why worry about a wait list – they were paid the same for one procedure a week, or several. All employees were forced into unions. Service was poor and things were dumbed down to mediocrity. My husband and I both had cancer and were on the operating room table within three weeks. Thank goodness we had private insurance through his company and not the other insurance through my work.

Remember that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen supports government-run insurance and cast the deciding vote. Government should not run health care

Susan Herceg

Amherst