Letters to the Editor: Friday, March 6, 2009

Oklahoman Published: March 6, 2009
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Ominous prospects
The menace of a national health care system and President Obama’s plans for a national coordinator of health information technology is that your private medical records could be data-mined to determine if your illnesses are too expensive to treat based on inflexible cost-effectiveness rules and the political ideologies of the Obama administration, rather than your doctor’s recommendations and medical tests.

You could be subject to early death or unnecessary pain and suffering by denials of medical care payments if your illnesses are caused by old age, genetic inheritance, accidental injuries, infections, bad lifestyle problems, mental problems or data entry health records mistakes.

Worse, your health care providers will become government employees who would be protected from lawsuits for acts of malpractice, malice or accidents. Your health care and your life will be endangered if Obama’s national health care system becomes a reality.

Allen H. Wise, Edmond

Louder than words
President Obama claims his agenda "begins with jobs.” He said he "will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a Wall Street executive, but will do whatever it takes to help the small business that can’t pay its workers ...” Do his actions speak louder than his words? Small Business Administration lending is down by more than 57 percent. Conventional lending to small businesses nationwide has virtually disappeared. Yet Obama and Congress are devoting less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the "stimulus” package toward small business. Does that make sense?

Small business represents 50 percent of the existing jobs in this country and 70 percent of new job creation. Small business is also the largest consumer of the products and services of big business. But despite this role as the major producer of jobs in this country, Obama and Congress devoted less than 1/1,000th of their stimulus to what they claim is their highest priority.

If their agenda really begins with jobs, surely he would have acted to boost the biggest engine of job creation — small business. What Obama did was to devote virtually all of the attention to big business, big labor and (no surprise) big government.