Letter: Personal decision politicized

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In an Aug. 8 letter "Experience could change opinion," Alan Rossi derides Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for using health care for their Potter's syndrome baby, born prematurely. Rossi should be aware that the Beutlers would have fought for the life of their child regardless of health care insurance.

Rather than making the use of employer-sponsored health care a partisan political issue, Rossi should review Obamacare's 2,700 pages. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." One of the things in it is the Independent Payment Advisory Board that assesses cost vs. benefit.

I wonder if a review panel had found that the fetus was afflicted, would it have recommended termination, or to simply allow the infant to pass after being born because the benefit of birth would not have been cost effective due to the high cost of subsequent treatment and care?

Shame on Rossi for politicizing a parent's choice of life.

Peter L. Williamson

Vancouver