To the Editor:


If you are over 65 years of age and on Medicare, you should respond to Bryan Newell’s profound statement that Medicare is a failed system. 


To the Editor:

If you are over 65 years of age and on Medicare, you should respond to Bryan Newell’s profound statement that Medicare is a failed system.

I’m 80 and healthy, thanks to Medicare that permits me to go to the doctor of my choice and be a part of preventive medicine. I play golf at the Elks with the senior golfers. In our group are a number of people who have had knee and hip replacements and are on the golf course thanks to Medicare. There are also several people who have had open-heart surgery, and without Medicare they would be dead or in bankruptcy.

Weldon McGaw, the sage of the east, was right on target when he said we must find a way to provide national health insurance. Yes, Bryan, the American people, through their tax dollars, will have to pay for it, and I can assure you the cost will be much cheaper than the cost of sending another American to the moon for a second space walk.

The greatest benefit will go to our major industries that provide health insurance for their employees and have to compete with industries in countries that have national health insurance.

James B. Townsend,

Shawnee