Letter to the editor: Cartoon a very poor choice

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Cartoon a very poor choice

I was taken aback by and angry with the editorial cartoon in your last issue of the paper. This cartoon mischaracterizes people of faith, Trump voters and conservatives in general as those who do not care about the health and wellbeing of our citizens, painting us in the most negative light. As a conservative, I can tell you sincerely that I know of no one on either “side” of the political fence who believes or supports what is being depicted here. 

I do know people who are equally concerned about the state of health care in our country.  Both want the same thing: affordable health care for all. Obamacare did not do anything for those already carrying insurance.  Yes, it is nice to have insurance, but we still pay out-of-pocket for most of our health care because of sky-high deductibles – that have skyrocketed since Obamacare was enacted.  Having insurance has not helped the fact that we are still paying medical bills from over a year ago.  

Conservatives in general don’t believe government-funded health care is the answer.  We believe insurance companies should be held accountable for taking advantage of their “insured.” We believe insurance companies should not be in the business of determining which medical solutions are most viable in lieu of the expertise of doctors, based solely on premiums. We believe tort laws must be restructured so that litigation is not the easiest go-to. For us, government-funded health care is merely a bandage on a very sick and weak system. 

I’m open to hearing other opinions as long as they are not inflammatory. It is much easier to draw nasty cartoons than have solid, fruitful discussion. I hope those on staff at the paper would agree. 

Hilary Osborne
Parker

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