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Public or Private Health Care?
By Peter H. Jensen


August 31, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen: Image yourself with the desperate urge to relieve yourself, where do you go? Would you rather use your private bathroom, in the privacy of your own home, or would you rather make the most of the nearest public restroom where privacy, access control, and congenial sundries may be none existent?

Privacy may be one of the most important issues when determining where to go to powder one's nose. Private bathrooms are maintained to take pleasure in privacy, to allow the freedom of selection of sundries needed, and to keep the environment clean for private use. Quite the opposite, privacy and access control may be none existent in public restrooms. Keep in mind, medicine cabinets filled with a hodgepodge of medicines, and other assorted potions are usually found only in private facilities; compared to the public bathrooms, where you may not find a medicine cabinet filled with assorted concoctions.

Access is another concern. Access differs from private and public bathrooms. The private bathroom owner typically knows all which use his or her facilities, and can limit access to friends and family. On the other hand, public restroom owners do not have the luxury of controlling the access to their facilities, unless the restrooms are locked and access is controlled by staff. Some access control is offered when there is a vending type machine employed on the stall door, with a negligible fee.

When it's time to take care of business, the choice between public toilet and private toilet should be individual's, not the government's. Would you rather use your own toilet, in the privacy of your own home, or be directed to use the public restroom where privacy and access control is none existent? Do you wish to wait in line for a public restroom to relieve yourself, or enter your private bathroom at your own free will? Picture having to wait for public restroom, opposed to the private restroom where there is virtually no waiting. There are few things more frustrating than having to go to the bathroom, and having to wait in line.

With that said, would you rather pay for private health care, or pay for public health care? Simply ask our Canadian neighbors. Canadians reveal, after spending long periods of time for heath care, wait times in Canada are horrendous. Furthermore, Canada's care plan only covers the basics. With our proposed national health care reform plan, are we still on your own for any extras, including critical prescription drugs? What are our costs for this health care?

The choice on public or private health care is ours. We can choose to support, or not to support, the present national health care reform plan. I choose to contact my Alaskan elected officials; Congressmen Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark Begich, and urge them to stand in front of the national health care reform plan. We all must protest in our own way, to ensure the government run national health care reform plan does not become policy. I stand my ground; I want to keep my precious, private health care.


Peter H. Jensen
US Army, Retired, Sergeant Major
Eagle River, AK

About: "Ketchikan Kid, living in Eagle River, Alaska. Born in Klawock, raised in Ketchikan till my family and I moved to Eagle River, Alaska in 1994."

Received August 19, 2009 - Published August 31, 2009


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