Healthcare Healthcare is not free overseas is not free overseas

By: Shirley Schultz
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Regarding Elaine Jo Giamona’s column in the Oct. 4, issue (Page A8, “Letter from England: What’s up with your healthcare?”), I am compelled to comment on the false impression she leaves about the entire health care debate. She concluded, “And healthcare would not just be affordable. It would be free.” Under no circumstances is health care free. Someone is paying. Those who receive “free” healthcare, meaning that they themselves do not pay anything, still have a cadre of other people paying for them. Ms. Giamona is talking about a government that collects taxes to pay for healthcare for all. In some European countries, that means a tax rate of 80 percent. I would not call that “free healthcare.” Shirley Schultz, Lincoln