There is limits to what government can provide

Letter to the Editor,
The ECA Review editorial titled ‘Our broken economy’, Sept. 24, pg. 4, states several times that in the 50’s and 60’s health care was easily accessible and affordable for governments and also that health care was available without wait times.

Perhaps you should check her facts!  Health care was paid for by the patient until 1968 when our current system was brought in.

There were no wait times because people only went when something was really wrong, they didn’t go for colds or the flu, they didn’t ask for numerous tests to be run over and over, they hardly went at all because of the cost to themselves.

I had my first child in 1967 and it took us almost six months to pay off the hospital bill, the doctor visits were pay as you go.

The Conservatives aren’t to blame for every evil that has befallen us. We buy cheap goods made in Third World countries because they are cheap that’s why our manufacturing jobs went away.

President Roosevelt’s New Deal increased people working but at a huge cost to the government at the time (which is the people) and was later deemed to not really have worked at all.

Should post secondary education be free? How much do we value something that is free?

Not very much from what I have seen and have also noticed that if the parents are footing the bill for post secondary that a lot of kids don’t work very hard because there are no consequences, there is no loan to pay back (at least not in their name).

So what is the solution?  Buy things that are made in Canada (if you can find any), stop going to the doctor at the drop of a hat, and pay taxes because if we don’t pay our share where does the money come from for all the programs that everyone is demanding.

When Jim Prentice said “look in the mirror” he was entirely correct.  We all need to look in the mirror and quit demanding that everything be provided for us and at no cost to us.

We want, we want, we want that’s all I hear on the news, in the paper.  There is a limit to what government can provide.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

Jane Kinnee
Kelsey, Ab.

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