Originally Published: March 31, 2008 9:29 p.m.
Over the past several years I have read the ongoing saga of patrons complaining about the postal service in Prescott and Prescott Valley. My comment is: If you think the U.S. Postal Service is a problem, just wait for a single-payer health insurance plan.
At least with mailing a package or a letter stamps are available at supermarkets and online; Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc.; but if you have a single-payer health system and you get poor service or have a huge waiting line, you will have no options. Just ask the Canadians or British about wait times for hip or knee replacements. A wait of six to nine months is not unusual.
The reason the Canadian or the New Zealand system works (if "works" is the proper word) is because 80 per-
cent of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border, which gives them the option to seek care in one of our hospitals. In New Zealand the option is Southern Cross. If the United States adopts a single-payer national health system, you will not have a back-up system. Oh, sorry, I mis-spoke. You can get your health care in Mexico. Good luck.