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Letter: Horse Show Should Rethink Its Priorities

A reader questions a fundraising recipient.

Let me see if I get this right: Main Liners are donating $400,000 to help out doctors, who are among the highest paid people in America, with annual incomes seven times the national average?

A lot of doctors work hand in hand with pharmaceutical companies, prescribing expensive medications as if they were candy. Other doctors perform needless operations, providing their hospital with a steady stream of guests for their $5,000 a night rooms. Still more doctors are part owners of MRI machines and other overused toys—creating a clear conflict of interest. And a lot of doctors happily bill Medicare for procedures that are about as necessary as a daily haircut.

Aren’t these the so-called ‘Job-Creators’ that Republicans like to lecture us about? Aren’t these the folks who are ‘pulling themselves up by their bootstraps’? So why do they need our charity?

I think the Devon Horse Show ought to re-think it’s priorities. We let Republicans dismantle the regulations of the financial industry, and that brought us to the brink of a second Depression. Now these wonderful doctors are helping to create a health care catastrophe that will dwarf even that calamity. And we’re giving them handouts? No thanks.

Christopher Egli, Devon

Christopher Merken December 12, 2011 at 08:41 PM
I could be wrong, but didn't the fund go to equipment, not to the doctors?
Christopher Merken December 12, 2011 at 08:42 PM
That being said, I agree with most of what you said. I agree with your assessment of the political and economic situation, and understand where you're coming from. I don't want to seem argumentative. i just wanted to confirm where the money was/is going
Maggie Barsons December 12, 2011 at 11:01 PM
I have never read anything so ludacrous in my life. Do you actually know any doctors personally. I know about 50, and I can assure you that none of them are milking the system as you describe. Most work somewhere between 50-70 hours a week, and are doing the absolute best they can under extremely difficult regulations and infringements, let alone threat of malpractice suits. How you can generalize about one profession is beyond me, and I am equally appalled that Radnor Patch has allowed you to do so publicly.
David Richards December 12, 2011 at 11:21 PM
@ Maggie.....u know 50 Doctors, so what Christopher Egli is on point.
Sam Strike (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Yes, according to the article, "This year's donation is funding a number of projects, including two new recliner chair bays—as opposed to flat beds—for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, apediatric anesthesia monitoring and gas system (which was used for the first time Friday) and an ultrasound machine."
Frank December 13, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Sorry you were not smart enough to go to medical school. You must be glad that whiplash lawyers and investment bankers arent overpaid like them...
Brian Henry December 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Capitalism is a wonderful economic system until liberal socialists like you start spewing nonsense about different industries "charging too much". Its called free market mi amigo.

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