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Cheney under the knife

July 31, 2007

Re "Heart surgery goes well for vice president," July 29

Vice President Dick Cheney recently had a new internal cardiac defibrillator implanted. How nice that he received the defibrillator and the associated surgery and medical care free of charge. The president and the vice president and the members of Congress all receive free medical care, paid for by American taxpayers. Doesn't it seem just a bit inappropriate that we are all taxed to fully subsidize the medical care of a rich man like Cheney, while so many ordinary Americans find it difficult or impossible to afford comprehensive medical care for themselves and their families?

Caroline Herzenberg

Chicago

An unrecognized historical moment occurred when, during the brief time that Cheney was having heart surgery to replace his defibrillator, George W. Bush was president.

Marcella L. Bingham

Murrieta, Calif.

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