It matters not what kind of program the government gets its fingers into, the result is not good. If the government runs a program, it always costs way too much and works worse. It is nothing but foolishness to want or to expect the government to make things better for health care — or any other program.

Freedom and liberty provide the environment and the motivation for making things run right. The role of government is to provide the opportunity to work on problems and challenges.

Government is a leech on society, not a benefactor. It boggles my mind that so many Americans seem to favor more socialism. We were given freedom for "the pursuit of happiness." Nothing was guaranteed about happiness itself.

Russell Bender