I shudder to think of the type of country we would live in if everyone shared Frank Overfelt's view of privileges and rights. ("Privileges are not rights," Readers' Forum, June 7) Democrats are fond of remembering the words of Hubert Humphrey, who described the moral test of government as how it treats the sick, disabled and elderly.

Fortunately, leaders in the past have seen the wisdom and necessity of programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. With that same vision current Democratic leaders see the need for universal, accessible health care. This is not " neoclassic socialism." It is the essence of a humane, compassionate society.

David E. Lowry