What the Pennsylvania Results Meant

Regarding the article "Health-Care 'Revolt' Seen On the Horizon," Nov. 14: As shown by the Pennsylvania election, voters apparently feel so strongly about national health insurance that this issue alone could tilt many elections to a Democrat. But socialized medicine would demand an enlarged government sector. Health care is about 12 percent of our GNP, and less than half of that is funded by the government. In one swoop, socialized medicine could enlarge the federal government's economic involvement by an amount comparable to all the New Deal. What, then, would be the meaning of the entire Reagan-Bush presidencies, which were mainly predicated on reducing government? The Reagan revolution would be exposed as a myth, a dreamy interlude of delusion that futilely tried to alter the natural course of history. John Bridgman, Edina, Minn.

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