Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

HEALTH: Columnist has hits and misses

Letter by Isaac Campbell-Smith, Tacoma on July 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | 3 Comments »
July 13, 2012 3:14 pm

Re: “Why does health care issue make us sick?” (Peter Callaghan column, 7-12).

As par for the course, Callaghan’s column features some of the sharpest commentary around. However, I cannot help but quarrel with the implication that Rob McKenna is “inarticulate” and a “flip-flopper” when he says the individual mandate is necessary for now.

Of course the individual mandate is necessary for now. That’s how the system is designed to function. Whether you are for or against the law, have some humility about how it works.

What’s sickening about the issue is when Republicans cry “socialism” and Democrats counter with “one-party rule.”

Unless we have a real discussion about how to reduce health care costs, other arguments do not matter so much. Politically they are fantastic. Maybe that’s the problem. Equality of the game aside, both parties want to buy the election. A little more humility on this would also go a long way.

As for the conclusion that the news has become something to drink over and attending Mariners games are in poor health, brilliant.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.