Thursday, October 1, 2009

State-run health care

Posted on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Everyone has an opinion about health care reform—guess you know what that’s like! Despite the implication, here’s mine: Health care should be provided to all by the states on a state-by-state basis. This should be done by utilizing both a single-payer option and while preserving the private sector.

Montana has different needs and personalities than does California or Massachusetts, needs which must be addressed by those who know us best—our fellow Montanans. It makes no sense to send a tax dollar to Washington, D.C. for health care and to have it come back to Montana beaten and ragged as a mere two bits.

The implications of the states caring for their own in health care, education, housing and welfare are far-reaching. Not only would such action truly downsize the federal government, leading to great savings and the better use of tax dollars, but residents of a state would also be empowered, realizing the importance of using the resources of a particular state fully for the benefit of one’s neighbors. For example, remove federal control over Montana’s forest lands, implement an effective harvest and replanting program, and you create jobs, add value to a native resource and preserve the environment simultaneously. It will not be easy to get out from under the federal yoke, but it would benefit all, including future generations. Also, this may be the only way to keep the U.S.A. from going bankrupt.

Ed Chaberek Superior
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