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HEALTH CARE: We should have listened to Churchill

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Nov. 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm | No Comments »
November 20, 2013 9:33 am

Re: “Oh, the shame – we lag behind the British” (Bill Hall column, 11-16).

Hall’s column should be read again and again. He reminds us that in 1944 then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for a national health care service.

Churchill, aristocrat and conservative, realized that England was then battling for its existence, but he also realized that the fighting and suffering were being borne by all Britons, across all lines.

In 1950, I was in Edinburgh staying at a university boarding house that had room in the summer for some of us travelers. Another American teased a young Scottish medical student, “Why go into medicine now when you are losing your chance to make a fortune?”

The student replied that he had no intention of seeking a fortune; he was studying medicine because he found it interesting and an “honorable profession.” More than 60 years later, it is sad that we do not have a Congress which, unlike Churchill’s Parliament, will not work to provide Americans with the health care we also desperately need and deserve.

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