Foreign perspective on Obamacare

July 8, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

I find it interesting that boosters of the socialist health tax reference the European health care system as a model worth replication in our country. Would you recommend a restaurant that you never ate a meal in; a hotel where you never spent a night; or a mechanic who never turned a wrench on your car? As a nation we Americans are active and mobile individuals. The caveat is our mobility is for the most part limited to the confines of our borders.

Not long ago a State Department colleague mentioned that just 15 percent of Americans hold passports. So how many of us have actually met a satisfied customer of the Euro-utopian medical mechanism?

In March of 2010 I was in the Munich Airport and noticed that nearly all of the newspapers had front page stories on Obamacare. I was curious why what I considered to be an American national issue was generating such attention on the international scene, so I asked a German couple for details. It was explained to me that most Germans and most Europeans for that matter are not at all pleased with their forced and government regulated health care. The gentleman added that yes there are some Germans who do like the plan. The English word for the fans of the plan is the unemployed. Because of the high taxes, those with jobs hate it; those without jobs love it.

OK, but still why does America’s selection of socialized medicine concern our allies so much? The reply was that most citizens abroad hold the opinion that mandated health care in the U.S. will have a negative effect on the American economy and that decline will ultimately be passed on to the EU; so [auth] goes the USA so goes the EU.

I thanked them for their insights and learned that their destination was Florida, but they were not tourists bound for Disney. The couple was going to Fort Meyers. They have investment properties in Fort Meyers because in Germany there is excessive government regulation on businesses and real estate holdings.

Similarly, in 2007 while in Iraq a Scottish warrant officer in the British Army described how his brother-in-law died on a hospital gurney. The brother-in-law was in poor heath for some time and not chosen as a priority recipient for a heart transplant.

While at Airborne School a lieutenant conveyed his experience of a visit to the emergency room in France. When he went to visit his girlfriend, he fell down the stairs and broke his arm. What seemed like a bad situation turned out as a positive for the young lieutenant, but the benevolent citizens of France got stuck with the tab. He did marry the girl and the hospital did not charge for services. Although he had the means to pay with TriCare, the French hospital had no protocols in place to accept compensation despite his insistence on paying.

Jerry Heck


Tribute to federal workers

Dear Editor:

As a former federal firefighter with 25 years of service at the Department of Defense, the Fourth of July is an important day for me. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.

The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and fly in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration. Others will enjoy time outdoors in our national parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.

My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a happy Independence Day.


Gerald Makowski


Festivals appreciated

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of MainStreet Roswell for the amazing job they did on The Fiddle & Griddle Festival and the UFO Festival. I can’t even imagine the number of hours that were involved in the planning and executing of these festivals.

We are the owners of Debbie’s Dealz at 320 N. Main St. and watched each day as Dusty Huckabee walked from Second Street to Fifth Street directing vendors, entertainment, volunteers and everything else that was going on. Dusty and the many volunteers were here before 7 in the morning and still working until almost midnight.

The efforts of all of these people are such an asset to the city of Roswell. There were people in my store from all over New Mexico, the United States as well as other countries. Thank you, Dusty and your team for going above and beyond the call of duty. You have all been so helpful in helping us to make our business successful. We love being on Main Street and being a part of MainStreet Roswell.

I would also like to say thank you to the city of Roswell for all they did. They city workers put out trash cans and kept them dumped so that the streets didn’t become dirty with so many people in the area. I know they were responsible for many other aspects of these festivals and deserve a huge thank you as well. I know there are many other people who were instrumental in making these festivals happen and bringing money to Roswell, and I thank all of you too!

The youth from Bethel Baptist Church also deserve a big thank you for walking up and down the streets handing out bottled water to everyone.

With temperatures over 100 degrees, I thought this was a very thoughtful thing for this group to do. Thanks!

I am proud of our city and the people who work so hard to make these events happen!


Brian and Debbie Phillips

Debbie’s Dealz

Support for youth appreciated

Dear Editor:

Assurance Home would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who participated in and helped create the “On-With-The-Show” production recently held at the ENMU-R Performing Arts Center.

We are so thankful that the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church invited us to partner with them for this great event.

As the show ended on Sunday, little Nick, who lives at Assurance Home, turned to one of our staff and said, “we must be the luckiest children in the world!”

What a wonderful gift you have given us by helping raise much needed funds for our program and at the same time making Nick and all of our other children feel loved and cared for.

We are forever grateful.

With kindest regards,

Ron Malone, Executive Director

Assurance Home, Inc. and
James Ranch Youth Shelter

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