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KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTH CARE

Those who back Al Gore's idea of the government managing more of our health care system should ask themselves these questions:

Several weeks ago, parents of a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder were forced by the courts to keep their son on Ritalin. If we hand over our health care system to the government, how much control will it then have?

The government in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently warned that its managed health system is so disorganized that it cannot handle the demands of the citizens. Why do so many Canadians with free government health care come to the United States to have surgery?

If a government prescription program is allowed to become a reality, will we have access to all of the cutting-edge drugs?

If a government prescription program is allowed to become a reality, will the government allow drug companies to make enough profit to research and develop all of those cutting-edge drugs?

Why would any physician try to be the best in his field, when he will only make as much as every other physician in a government health care system?

The United States has the best health care system in the world. Allowing our federal government to manage it would result in the reduction of the quality and quantity of health care for all of us.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Lockport

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