Public health care must be safeguarded

Whatever happened to government by the people, for the people, and of the people? For example, there were rumours that some helipads would be shut down (eight closed helipads were subsequently granted an interim reopening).

Whatever happened to government by the people, for the people, and of the people?

For example, there were rumours that some helipads would be shut down (eight closed helipads were subsequently granted an interim reopening).

If there is not a lot of loud protesting, the provincial government may try to close the helipads later.

Former premier Ralph Klein weakened our public health care system, when he waited until 1:30 in the morning – when many opposition MLAs had gone home – before forcing through a bill widely considered to be a step toward private health care.

This opened the floodgates to private health care and the insurance companies.

I think we all know why health care is so expensive today. When private clinics started, the federal government reduced payments to Alberta.

So Klein decided to put private clinics under medicare.

Now we are paying out huge sums that people running and owning private clinics expect.

The next election, Klein was given a huge majority.

Either there was an “irregularity” in the voting process, or there are a lot of Albertans who understand nothing of what is going on.

Medicare, and indeed freedom, depends on vigilance.

Someday these people will wake up to see that it is all gone.

Hazel McBride

Red Deer

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