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October 27, 2013

Consider the harm

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Dear Sen. Inhofe:

First, I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations on the success of your recent surgery and my wishes for a speedy convalescence.

I trust you are already back on the job mentally, so, given the nation’s present crisis, I am forwarding my sentiments on the government shutdown and ... worse to come if your colleagues have their way. 

I trust you appreciate that the procedure you just underwent was made possible via a health care benefit at no expense to you and unavailable to other Americans, while the path of the underinsured or uninsured denied such perquisites might lead to impoverishment or an early death.

Since my employees and I were excluded from coverage due to the pre-existing conditions of some, I hold particular malice toward the insurance industry, motivated solely by greed and indifferent to need and suffering.

Fortunately I am now under Medicare: excellent and effective (though it could be more efficient through such practices as group purchase of drugs). A similar program for all should be a national goal. From everything I have read, the president’s health care program is rational and is a huge step forward.

I think it shameful that your associates have chosen to wound our economy (my retirement savings have already diminished significantly), our citizenry and our standing in the world simply to satisfy a handful of Tea Party anarchists (broken tails wagging a lazy dog) or to “get back” at a president they don’t feel belongs in the club.

As your body heals, consider the harm your colleagues are doing.

Sincerely,

CORSON HIRCHFELD

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