Editor:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans under the age of 65 were without health-care insurance in 2007. That number has escalated.

People like Stormy Burns (letters, Aug. 27), who supported Bush's Iraq War with its crushing price tag are the same people who would shoot down President Obama's proposed national health plan because it's going to cost too much. Mr. Burns writes: "We are nearly bankrupt now and should their proposed legislation be passed then we are looking at about another trillion 'greenies' to help pave the floor of the Grand Canyon."

Burns, who was in the Navy for 22 years, claims:?"The military, out of necessity, is a dictatorship." He also says:?"We (the military) submit our lives to a somewhat socialistic society for the purpose of a free society. . . ." I'd like to ask him if this dictatorial, socialistic society controlled every aspect of his life for the two decades. Does receiving government-funded medical benefits control his life now? If not, what's his beef?

Claudine Willis

Portland

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