2008-09-19 / Letters

Universal Health Care

Dear Editor,

For those who wish for government universal health care for everyone, beware. When the government, be it federal, state, or local when applying it's needed rules for policy and procedure, it can sometimes leave the citizen applicant denied a timely response to requested services. On August 8, I broke my leg. After about three weeks, I finally realized that I would be on crutches for at least another two months or more and some mobility would be needed for life's choirs.

I downloaded the form for a temporary disability place card, I had the doctor fill it out and send it to the New York State Department of Transportation located in Queens, N.Y. After waiting a week, I called to check the status of my request. I was promptly told that there is a six to eight week wait (no exceptions) in the issuing process.

Sometimes [we] see folks which appear to be abusing this privilege and we understand the need for due process. But why as I requested, with a doctors note in hand and my physical appearance on site with leg in cast, couldn't a permit be issued forthright or within a day or two? As it appears now the temporary permit might arrive nearing my recovery date. While family and friends are available to me, what of the person living alone? This is but a small example of but one state agency, but think of all the rules and regulations that will have to be implemented, when government takes over your health care.

TOM LYNCH

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