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Reader's view: Oberstar a steadfast advocate of health care

The attack against U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., in the Aug. 23 letter, "Oberstar won't hold health reform meeting," was quite understandable. The writer had been prevented from having his views broadcast at a face-to-face encounter with the c...

The attack against U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., in the Aug. 23 letter, "Oberstar won't hold health reform meeting," was quite understandable. The writer had been prevented from having his views broadcast at a face-to-face encounter with the congressman.

The supposedly specific objections the writer made were distortions. The bill, in fact, would make available public-health guidance to parents to help them prevent their children from becoming part of the childhood obesity epidemic, as one example. And the bill would prohibit Medicare Advantage and HMO plans from receiving taxpayer support unless they cover people with pre-existing conditions.

Rep. Oberstar has long been our steadfast advocate. Rather than cowardly hiding, he was reasonable to invite e-mail and snail-mail comments on the much-needed health-care reform rather than setting up a shouting match.

Do those who are already or expect to be enrolled in our affordable Medicare object to its being the only single-payer, socialized medicine system in the nation, except for those operated by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense for our current and former military?

Arthur Arnold

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Duluth

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