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Robert J. Samuelson writes about “the long-standing liberal grail of universal insurance” in his July 30 article, “Obama’s misleading medicine,” as if such insurance is a pie-in-the-sky pursuit. Other countries have had the grail for years while the United States continues to haggle over the feasibility of national health insurance.

In a country with over 300 million people there will be problems, but they are difficulties that have been around for years. Meanwhile, billions of dollars pour into Iraq and Afghanistan, huge sums that do nothing for the health of Americans and foreigners alike. “Misleading medicine” may indeed be expensive, but so are wars that go on and on.

michael g. driver

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