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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Tom Purcell's online column “Why ObamaCare has been good for me” (Aug. 25, provided an excellent brief summary of the government destruction of a market for health care over the last 70 years, which led to the current mess — about to be made worse by ObamaCare.

Fans of big government always call for “reform,” which is always defined as more government. Lyndon Johnson gave us Medicare and Medicaid, which have grown to absorb half of our medical care. Richard Nixon and Edward Kennedy then gave us the HMO Act of 1973 to help destroy what was left. ObamaCare is the most recent example of the fact that when, by law, some power is given to government, government will reform it until government can take it all.

Richard E. Ralston

Newport Beach, Calif.

The writer is executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (

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