Letters to the Editor

Simple idea

January 29, 2010


To the editor:

I read Mark Hirschey’s column denouncing health care reform but wondered why he took so many words to express a simple idea. Hirschey opposes health care reform because he has good insurance and can’t imagine life is different for anybody else. All he really needed to say was “Who needs reform — I’ve got mine!”

To fellow cancer victims who don’t know they have cancer because they lack insurance and can’t visit the doctor for a diagnosis, Hirschey says: “Who cares — I’ve got mine!” To cancer patients who have discontinued treatment because a job loss cost them their insurance, Hirschey again says “Who cares — I’ve got mine!” And what about people unlucky enough to have multiple bouts of cancer, but who can’t get further treatment because they have reached the maximum lifetime payout on their insurance? Hirschey’s belief is “Who cares — I’ve got mine!”

At least Hirschey leavens his indifference with humor. He asks who would entrust their health care to the government, but we already know the answer: Mark Hirschey! He extols the excellent care he received at two government hospitals, KU Med and the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He appears genuinely pleased that government took money from others to help meet his medical needs at these institutions, an action he may view as a natural extension of the government paycheck he receives from KU and his government-subsidized insurance.

It seems that Hirschey doesn’t oppose government action to help people; he only opposes action to help people who aren’t him.


kansasmutt 8 years, 1 month ago

Very true. He lives in the silver spoon world. Lets yank his insurance.Might be funny if his insurance was to lapse and he was found to have the Big C . Might change his views. Those who think like him will someday find out what it is like to go without. Until then, they just kick everyone else down.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

Finding humor in someone getting cancer? Stay classy there, muttly.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 1 month ago

The government has muscled out private hospitals in Kansas City and Minneapolis with state-run facilities. This should cause all of us to pause and reflect upon the lesson.

When the government competes with private business, there will always be a clear winner and a clear loser.

George Lippencott 8 years, 1 month ago

There is a lot of dissembling here.

Reform: Absolutely but to a point. For example allowing those who can buy insurance but don’t the right to get insurance without penalty after they get sick rewards inappropriately

Massive Entitlements: No. We simply cannot pay for such a monstrous unfunded entitlement. We already cannot pay for entitlements that were substantially pre-paid.

KU_cynic 8 years, 1 month ago

Hirschey's essay and Campbell's observations remind me of the tea party protester with the sign reading "Keep the government away from my medicare!"

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 1 month ago


The person you're referencing was an advocate for higher taxes who infiltrated that Taxed Enough Already demonstration with a sign so ridiculous so that only the gullible among us would believe it was a real TEA Party participant.

maxc 8 years, 1 month ago

"government has muscled out" hospitals in KC? Really? I work in the KC area. The for-profit hospitals seem to be alive and well. Most have made substantial investments in expanding their properties in the last few years. Many have built a second or third "branch". Just to set the record straight.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 1 month ago


Government has muscled them out of the share of health care business that should go exclusively to private and charitable industry, i.e. 100%.

Don't you ever imagine what our country would be like if freer people had the ability to work, save, invest and conduct business in an environment uncluttered by unnecessary government intervention and competition? Don't admit defeat. Don't give up hope on people. Don't rely so much on our nanny-state government. Families, friends and co-workers can do this; we don't need to surrender it all to Washington.

maxc 8 years, 1 month ago

Are you saying it takes a village? The problem with having only for-profit health care is evident by the ever decreasing numbers of family practictioners. The University hospitals take care of all illnesses. Many hospitals now are specialists just as the doctors have become. I was personally "shipped out" of Providence Hospital in KC and "dumped" at KU due to the severity of my condition. I have very good insurance so money was not the issue. Having KU take care of me saved my life. Family, friends, and co-workers could not have afforded the tens of thousands of dollars it cost for my care if I had not been insured. Let's not forget -we are the people. The government we have is our government.

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