Letters to the Editor

Mandatory and not

Having read Tony Schouviller's letter on July 20, it made me realize that letter writers can make the very same mistakes that they accuse others of making.

Last time I checked, car insurance was not mandatory unless you choose to drive a car. Last I checked, one does not have to drive. One can walk, bike or take public transit.

But as far as health care insurance is concerned, this is a service the government is compelling us to take part in because we all have health. Good, bad or indifferent -- we all have it.

The only time we can opt out of health is when we are dead. So, Karl Hadley's letter was correct in stating the Health Care Reform Act is in fact an abridgment of our freedoms. Seems others may also "make blatant statements without factual basis."

Brett Powers, Pasco