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Affordable health care

The topic on C-Span Tuesday, Dec. 3, was “Affordable Health Care.” For one hour Sen. Tim Huelskemp, R-Kan., offered his opinions and took phone calls.

When he said: “We had the best health care system in the world before Obamacare,” his comment failed the fact check.

Three years ago on Oct. 11, 2010, I watched Brian Lamb’s hour-long interview on PBS’s Washington Journal with T.R. Reid, author of “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.” The thesis of this book is that we can bring about fundamental change by borrowing ideas from foreign models.

T.R. Reid set out on a global tour of doctors’ offices and hospitals with the purpose, as he stated, to “…uncover the international models that could work at home as we set out to cure a healthcare system that has failed us.

He also described, “Efforts to change the system tend to be derailed by the stale arguments about ‘big government’ or ‘free enterprise’ or ‘socialism’.”

T.R. Reid’s book is loaded with information and facts that should be on the table as we focus on curing a health care system that continues to struggle while others succeed.

Reid’s message is so powerful that I ordered three copies and gave two copies to the library at the Crosslake Community Center.

Any politician who claims the United States has the finest healthcare in the world, when millions are uninsured or denied treatment due to pre-existing condition, is not being honest.

Bob Uppgaard,

Pequot Lakes

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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