LETTER: Are we willing to lose our world-class medical care?

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Monday night on the TV, I watched the coverage of a press conference with a Boston hospital trauma surgeon. He was being interviewed after the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. It was so impressive to see the skill and confidence of that doctor talking about his field. He was awesome.

This doctor reminded me of the surgeons after the shooting massacre in Arizona not too long ago, in which former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords was injured. Here again, I saw these highly trained and totally confident surgeons who represented perhaps our finest examples of American medical professionals. How many years, how much determination, how much grace from God does it take to make a surgeon; especially a specialized surgeon? Years and years and years — so long that after a while, these people don’t even think of the cost of their student loans as it is in the hundreds of thousand of dollars. Instead, they recognize their God-given gifts and just keep honing their skills to save people.

Are we really, really going to throw them and their life-saving abilities away courtesy of Obamacare? After all, we know from examining surveys and studies that up to 80 percent of doctors have considered leaving their private practices because of the new requirements.

We know that reimbursement payments to all doctors are going to be drastically reduced, and we know from facts that Catholic hospitals (one sixth of all hospitals in the U.S.) will close due to the penalties from the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate to provide abortion services, which is against the Catholic doctrine.

America, wake up and see how our acknowledged, worldwide superior medical reputation is being demolished by the Democrats’ government takeover of health care (H.R. 3590); remember that not one Republican in the House or Senate voted for it.

Jacquelyn Wilson

Whispering Pines