I enjoy the PaperClips column by Lynda Jo Staples. Her last column on the opinion page of the Daily Sun News got me to thinking about using my veteran (government) health care benefits, which I have used for almost 25 years.
They have had my social security number and health information for nearly a quarter of a century. In that period of time, my privacy has not been breached in any way. I have received first class health care from physicians at Oregon Health Science University (they have a partnership with the VA in Portland) and from other highly-skilled physicians who opted out of the rat race and can practice medicine without fear of a lawsuit as a VA physician.
I have had minor and major health issues and surgeries, as has my spouse and my 84-year-old father. The VA offers specialty clinics and health care in many locations throughout each state so access is available. It's not completely ideal, but it's been a positive experience, not the frightening beast it's been made out to be.
The current discussion on government health care reminds me of the discussions before the year 2000...that the world will change for the worse if we venture into the unknown.
Government run health care has been around for decades and has some pretty good models available for the examining. Nothing is perfect, but I and my family are here to tell you, the only real fear we should all feel is if nothing in the U.S. health care system changes. Our mortgage payment is less than our health insurance premium each month.
/s/ Deb Brumley