Different kind of death panel

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011

Sarah Palin was right to warn us about death panels, but not the kind she imagined. In fact, a death panel is meeting in Washington right now -- the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed and Medicare and Medicaid are scaled back, people are going to die. Of course, nobody's going to hear about these deaths -- the whole process won't be as in-your-face as a Palin-style death panel convening at 2:30 p.m. in the hospital basement -- but the results will be just as sure.

And if Head Start is cut back, a softer form of death will result -- the death of human potential.

Folks, we need to get our priorities straightened out and run our nation like we run our families. We should invest our resources in caring for one another and preparing for the future instead of flying around the world blowing the snot out of everyone we disagree with. Please write your legislators and urge them to support life, not death.

Eric Treider, Soldotna

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