I had a heart transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Dec. 5, 1994, and since then I have had few serious medical problems and have lived a wonderful, healthy life. I was on the heart transplant waiting list only one week and had the surgery by world-class surgeons. My post-transplant life could not have been better. I am covered by SecurityBlue and Medicare at a cost to me of about $2,000 per year. This also covers huge medicine expenses.
Patients come from all over the world because their socialized medicine plans won't cover them. I am certain that I would not receive this treatment under socialized medicine.
I am now 80 years old and received the heart at age 65. I was born in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, in 1929 and have lived in Pittsburgh all of my life.
We have the best health system in the history of the world! Why change now? We need only to make some minor adjustments. European socialized medicine is not the answer.
J. RONALD GAINSFORD