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America has led the world in advancing health care innovation

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To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Ms. Martha Richards letter in the Wednesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Laconia Daily Sun titled, "If re-elected, I will continue to oppose wind projects and Northern Pass."
Ms. Martha Richards fails to remind us of not just her support for Obamacare, but her advocacy for a single-payer health care system here in America. In a letter published in the Sept. 17, 2009, edition of the Plymouth Record Enterprise Ms. Richards did just that.
Ms. Richards writes, "... for decades this issue (health care) has plagued America while more enlightened countries have cradle-to-grave coverage." Ms. Richards could not be more wrong. Prior to Obamacare, the vast majority of American citizens had employer based coverage, and were happy with their plans.
Ms. Richards writes, "... America does not have the best health care in the world — look at our infant mortality rate and almost 50 million uninsured Americans."

During the health care debacle, recall that supporters of the president often said there was 20 million Americans without health care, others said 30 or 40 million, and in Ms. Richards case she chose 50 million. Which one was it? But this figure is not the correct measure of America's health care system. In terms of health care, America has led the world. Innovation in new medicines, procedures, equipment, more times than not, come from America. Liberals and "progressives" like to cite sources such as the "social progress index" which advocates for cradle to grave entitlements and a socialist society.

Ms. Richards touts the Obamacare lies within her letter. "Perhaps your happy with your current plan-keep it." As we know millions of Americans have had their policies canceled. More will come in time as the now imperial delay by President Obama of the employer mandate takes effect. Anthem here in New Hampshire canceled more than 29,000 policies, many of which are people of Grafton county, who Ms. Richards represents. Many folks, particularly in the North Country, now have to travel far distances to hospitals that are part of the new network covered by Anthem.

Ms. Richards writes that "health care is a right for all in a democratic society." Again she is incorrect. As a citizen of our nation no one owes anyone health care. Why is someone entitled to the services, knowledge, and care provider by a doctor? A doctor attends medical school, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. Person A comes along. Person A has no means to pay this doctor. In Ms. Richards utopia, Person A has a right to the doctor's labor. What is fair compensation for Person A to pay the doctor?

Another Obamacare lie was that upon passage people's yearly premiums would go down by $2,500. For many they have gone up by that much.

Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 million between 2013 and 2022. Ms. Richards how do you explain this cut to the elderly of Grafton County you so often claim to represent?

Have you seen the bureaucratic chaos within the Veterans Administration? Bogus wait lists created to make things look better than they really are. Veterans dying before they are able to get the care they need. The VA is essentially socialized medicine for 8 million veterans, with their record just imagine the utopia of socialized medicine for 350 million Americans! And countless illegal aliens.

Obamacare is as un-American as any law ever passed. It takes from Person A and redistributes their wealth through a subsidy to Person B. Socialistic, if you will. Every poll since its passage has consistently shown 52-58 percent of Americans want the law repealed (Forbes.com). Why is the Senate and president ignoring the will of the majority of Americans? When voting in November, please remember Ms. Richards is a supporter of not only Obamacare, but a single-payer system here in America.

Patrick Wetmore