The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 6, 2014

Choose heart every tim

The Daily Item

— You’ve gotta love Mike Glazer. Clever, funny, philosophical and clearly excellent at his job of defending and promoting the points of view of his political masters. While I am flattered both by his description of my community service and by his close attention to my recent letter to the editor regarding Obamacare, I am also annoyed and amused at his response.

Although I never used the term “heartless” in my letter, that is the message that Mike took from it, and I have to say, he couldn’t have defined and defended heartlessness any better if he tried.

“Math is coming?” Math came a long time ago, in the form of actuarial formulas used by insurance companies to deny certain people health care coverage and to continually charge everyone more so that the shareholders would receive their dividend. Math also, by the way, came to certain clever stockbrokers who created “exotic financial instruments” that greatly enriched some individuals while tanking the economy. But that’s another topic.

My point is that, given a choice between “heart” and “math,” I’ll choose heart every time, because you can make math say whatever you want it to, while the heart’s truth remains constant, however much Mike thinks it depends on “perception.” As Mark Twain said, “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

I understand that there are profound philosophical questions surrounding health care and the proper role of government in paying for it, but I’ll just finish with this thought: As a staff member of an elected official, Mike’s healthcare insurance is almost certainly paid for with tax dollars, and it’s probably pretty good insurance. What is the philosophy that values the health of political flacks over the health of small-business owners? 

Trey Casimir, Lewisburg