President continues to show disrespect

After reading Mr. Lowry's commentary titled "The battle over socialism is joined," I must point out that universal healthcare debate is growing and is stronger than before.

There is one major misconception about the Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders drive for it and is rarely ever explained by its opponents. The cost. Every lawmaker who has come out against universal healthcare has decried its existence and financial longevity because of the amount of money it will add to the country's debt.

Curious how our lawmakers are not worried about adding to the national debt when authorizing huge tax cuts for the growing numbers of multimillionaires, or subsidies for huge corporations who pay little or no income tax, but when it comes to the people of our nation to make quality affordable healthcare for everyone, no matter their economic or social status, our lawmakers in Washington cannot be bothered. The cost for universal healthcare will not be coming from the raising of taxes. It will come from the reapportioning of your tax dollars.

This is the idea that universal healthcare opponents never mention. Any follower of Sen. Sanders knows that that this has been his message all along. Why give billions of dollars more to an already overinflated defense budget that has little to no financial accountability of its expenditures? Why keep giving billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy of our country when those tax cuts do little if anything to promote economic growth?

Individual states can't support the cost of universal healthcare because the costs for healthcare differ greatly across the country, but you must admire them for trying to do something for their citizens that Washington refuses to discuss intelligently. Like Medicare, all healthcare costs will be negotiated, thusly holding down costs for the system. Hospitals and clinics will still be in good financial health, because there will no longer be costs absorbed by them because of the lack of payment by underinsured clients or clients who can't afford to pay for costs after their insurance has paid.

The biggest losers in the universal healthcare debate will be the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, whose CEO's with an eight-figure salary will no longer have the ability to make medical decisions for millions of people in our country.

Joel Butz,