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Colorado doesn’t need Obama care

Dear Editor:

I am a proud resident of Colorado for 23 years. When I moved here from Massachusetts in 1986, I fell in love with the tough minded, proud, independent spirit of the residents of our state and have called it my home ever since. Colorado became a state in 1876 and since that time, much about the state has changed but the rugged land and harsh climate still demand a certain character of its people. It’s about as close to heaven as I can imagine.

That’s why when I hear you telling us the economy and our lives are going to hell in a hand basket if we don’t pass health care legislation before Christmas, I laugh and wonder if you realize how absurd you sound. No one is taking your doomsday talk seriously! This ongoing “chicken little” routine you use has fallen on deaf ears in Colorado.

This may surprise you, Mr. Obama, but if you read history it will tell you that we were here long before you became president and we will certainly be here long after you are gone. You act like we are helpless without you, so you use fear to and then promise you will take care of everything for us. Coloradans don’t trust politicians with our money and certainly not with our bodies.

You are not any smarter than we are, and you have no way of knowing what is best for our families. When you promise to give health care it doesn’t take us long to figure out that it is impossible for you to offer us something you do not provide. I’m sorry, is your name Dr. Obama? Do you own a medical practice we don’t know about? Maybe you own a pharmaceutical company? What’s that? Oh, that’s right, you are an attorney!

This may seem old fashioned, but when us hicks in Colorado need health care, we visit those that actually provide it. Strangely, in our state none of those people are lawyers. We visit people with titles like doctor, surgeon, nurse, physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, nutritionist and even medical marijuana dispensaries that are more qualified to provide health care than you.

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Get this straight, you cannot offer us what you do not provide. If we want to negotiate our health care needs, we go to our providers not our congressmen. Listen to this, Mr. Obama: Coloradans will not stand for you controlling our lives so respect our freedom of choice and keep your health care legislation the hell out of our state.

Peter Martin

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