Too much government

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In Jeff Harper’s letter of March 8, he questions why so many oppose the government takeover of our health care system. Let me answer.

History shows us it just doesn’t work economically. It’s too expensive and doesn’t deliver the health care that we want. Look at the record. Canada, England, Massachusetts, Medicare, Medicaid, Dirigo — all government-run programs that are in financial trouble, going bankrupt, and must cut benefits, or increase taxes to survive.

We are already taxed enough.

Why don’t we adopt a successful government model that contains costs and offers benefit options to the taxpayer? Because there isn’t one.

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Insurance companies must get permission to raise rates because the state government does not allow citizens to buy across state lines to shop for other insurance companies for a better price. If my auto insurance goes up, I switch to a less expensive company. The free enterprise system would work, as it does in the auto insurance industry, if the government would get out of the way and let us be responsible for ourselves.

Why don’t we first try solutions that will not add trillions of dollars to the tax burdens of our grandchildren, such as tort reform and opening up competition, or by allowing people to purchase insurance from any of the hundreds of companies that offer it? New Hampshire’s rates are much lower than in Maine because they do not overregulate … yet.

Too much government is the problem, not the solution.

George Mathews, Auburn

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