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Examining Health-care options

Examining health-care options

Regarding the editorial "Health-Care Politics," Feb. 13: The two biggest hurdles standing in the way of affordable universal health care are profit and privatization.

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There is much money to be made in the developing and selling of disease-treating machines and medicines. It's not that profit is a bad thing, but rather that it does not motivate companies to aggressively market preventive medicines or attempt to sell a more holistic approach to life (which would cost patients much less). The belief that private industry can perform a task better than government also stands in the way of affordable health care.

Until these issues can be reconciled, health care will continue to be withheld from those who need it. Richard D. Soule, Vista, Calif.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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