Ezekiel Emanuel, health policy advisor to Obama, says "vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change."

He believes doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, and should look beyond the needs of their patients and consider "social justice." In other words, could the money be better spent on someone else? Someone younger? Fitter? Healthier? Less disabled? Noncitizen?

He believes medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled and not given to people who are unable to become or remain "participating citizens," such as a child with cerebral palsy or a grandmother with dementia.

Should the government make these choices? If Obamacare is enacted, it will. These decisions are best made between a doctor and the patient. The government has no right to decide whose life has more value.

The bill calls for $500 billion-plus cuts in Medicare over the next 10 years at the same time that 78 million baby boomers, who have been paying into Medicare for 40 years, begin to retire. Emanuel's philosophy will directly affect them. Read his book, "Healthcare Guaranteed." — P. Atwood, Medford

We feel very saddened for the gentleman who discovered the newborn baby girl in a Dumpster at the Holiday Inn Express in Medford. What a terrible shock for him.

As for the mother, no one knows the story yet. We just pray the police will find the guilty party.

In the meantime, let us all examine our conscience and answer, "Isn't legal abortion just as horrendous as what happened at Holiday Inn?" The difference is a professional doctor is performing "legal" murder every day with no penalty for this crime.

Mike (who found the baby) may be called a transient, homeless or whatever. I call him a caring gentleman who believes in God and the sacredness of human life. God bless you, Mike. — Jim and Camille Pagnini, Jacksonville

First, in order to reduce the cost of medical care, enact tort reform. Ask your politicians why they don't even discuss this, let alone do it.

Either give the rest of Americans the same health-care programs as the politicians have with the same options, or if they think their proposed health plan bill is so good for the rest of us then the politicians would have to change to the same exact health plan.

I know this makes way too much sense for us ordinary Americans; however, aren't we the ones that vote? Come on America, quit letting the bureaucrats confuse you with these little things like what the health care does or doesn't do and put our foot down and say enough control by the government. If there is to be health care reform it needs to be the same for every legal citizen in this country, including the bureaucrats and politicians.

As for blaming Bush for everything, the Democrats have been in control for three years now and just what change have you seen? We need to wake up and understand that Pelosi, Reid and company are bound and determined to control America and if we don't get rid of them they just might do it. — Rick Schefers, Shady Cove

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