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I read the story about former Vice President Dick Cheney's heart transplant ["Cheney heart case hot topic," March 26].
It concerned me because I feel that the very fact that doctors are discussing it, shedding doubt about whether or not he should be receiving a transplant, goes against the very principles of freedom this country was founded on ("the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness").
Some of the people quoted in the story seem to think that age should be the determining factor in who receives or doesn't receive a transplant.
I think the present procedures for obtaining a transplant are adequate, just, and fair. I even think Steve Jobs had the right to put himself on several lists for a transplant, since he was the one who would have been paying for it.
Is this an inkling of what lies ahead if Obamacare is allowed to be fully implemented? If "the government" pays for transplants, they will decide who gets them. What if you're a Republican? Are you automatically rejected?
What if you're a 30-year-old prisoner convicted of a felony? Are you automatically going to be approved because you're younger?
To me, Dick Cheney had every right to receive a heart transplant since he (or the insurance company to which he paid premiums) paid for it. He has proven himself to be a responsible citizen and has done much good for this country.
I think this is a freedom issue. As free Americans, we have the right to spend our money on whatever we want to spend it on, even if other people don't like it or think it's foolish.
Let's keep our freedom and get rid of Obamacare.
Donna L. Edwards