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It is difficult not to respond to the continuous flow of false statements made by some in the opinion section. This is the case with the letter from Morgan-Lynn Griggs Lamberth (“We need a nanny state,” June 4).

He uses the “Scandinavian” health-care system as the model for great health care. This is actually several different countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), each with somewhat different systems. For many obvious reasons, such as size and population, you cannot compare these health-care systems or economies to ours.

One not-so-obvious reason is the immigration rate. There is a large cost involved with immigration, especially in health care. The immigration rate in Scandinavian countries is 0.86 per 1,000 people, while the United States immigration rate is 4.18 per 1,000, and these numbers reflect only those who immigrate legally.

In recent years, the Scandinavian health-care system has come under great financial pressures, as have all health-care systems. With an aging population and increasingly expensive health-care technology, the system had become unsustainable. This single-payer system has attempted to deal with these increasing costs by rationing.

Despite the government promise that no one should have to wait more than three months for surgery, 60 percent of hip replacement patients waited longer than three months – and, worse yet, a wait time of 55 days for heart surgery, resulting in 77 patient deaths.

The truth is that “Obamacare” is taking us in the same direction. The Affordable Care Act promised many things, including lower premiums and overall reduced health-care costs. Neither is the case, as recent projections show that Obamacare will increase premiums by 19 to 30 percent, and the law will add $1.15 trillion in spending from 2012 to 2021.The $2.6 trillion law only makes the fundamental problem of skyrocketing health-care costs worse. I am hoping the Supreme Court will soon save us from Obamacare.

The writer concludes by stating “if charity was sufficient then we would not need our nanny state.” I would only ask: How did we ever survive before FDR’s New Deal? We provided charity to our neighbors in need, and it worked well.

I would agree with the saying, “That government is best which governs least.” Every dollar that is taxed away from me and my family takes away my liberty to be charitable.

Robert Sheffer

North Augusta, S.C.

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dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/25/12 - 12:33 am
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It's not just immigration

...it's also the result of these countries have no hereditary entitlement class. There is no equivalent of Medicaid --an entitlement for those who've never worked and never paid into the system-- as the number in that category is miniscule; in the US it devours an admitted one-third of all funds. (I write admitted, because the actual figures are hidden by multiple programs at taxpayer's expense.) Even then, those financially able to, come to the US for procedures which are either not available, or on life-threatening long lists.

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Jon Lester 06/25/12 - 03:21 am
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Tell me how you feel about drone strikes on wedding parties.

Then we can have something of a starting point to talk about prudent use of taxpayer monies.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/25/12 - 08:13 am
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Most people are against drone
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Most people are against drone strikes on wedding parties. It was the current President who ramped up the killing of innocent people with drone strikes, instead of actually taking and interrogating prisoners.

mikesaul
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mikesaul 06/25/12 - 08:23 am
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Of course, we ASSUME...

That members of a wedding party can't possibly be terrorists, or terrorist supporters/sponsors, right!?!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/25/12 - 08:35 am
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Thanks, Mr. Sheffer
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Good letter, Robert, too bad the government entitlement liberals will be tearing you a new one. They don't care about something as silly as the facts you listed.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/25/12 - 09:20 am
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Jon Lester......No, let's

Jon Lester......No, let's talk about giving a $trillion or so to various bankrupt "green" energy companies. A drone strike on a wedding party is an unfortunate mistake when discussing prudent use of taxpayer monies. Intentional fraud,stupidity, and total ignorance of how our economy works, medical or otherwise, is more germane to the topic.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/25/12 - 09:21 am
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Everyone at the wedding
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Everyone at the wedding party?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/25/12 - 09:47 am
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"Tell me how you feel about

"Tell me how you feel about drone strikes on wedding parties."

Typical Democrat diversion and deflection from the conversation.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/25/12 - 10:10 am
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Especially when it's the
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Especially when it's the Democratic President who is ordering the killing of civilians with the drone strikes. He's killed more civilians than any other Nobel Peace Prize winner in history!

copperhead
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copperhead 06/25/12 - 11:42 am
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hussein is about to get the

hussein is about to get the nobel prize for economics! mmm mmm obama mmm mmm praises be unto him our true savior mmm mmm obama mmm mmm

copperhead
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copperhead 06/25/12 - 11:49 am
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There is something amiss when

There is something amiss when a nobel peace prize winner assembles a list of assassinations to be carried out under his orders!

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DMPerryJr 06/25/12 - 04:16 pm
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Good Letter

Food for thought.

KSL
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KSL 06/25/12 - 04:43 pm
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It was a good letter.

It was a good letter.

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Gary Ross 06/26/12 - 01:06 pm
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Yes,a good letter

God asks that we all be charitable to the less fortunate. However, to be forced into giving charitable contributions by taxation is just plain wrong. Who is to monitor these taxation contributions so they will actually go to those who are less fortunate, and not to greedy lazy minded people? The government? Isn't that like the fox guarding the hen house? Robert, your last sentance says it all!

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