Columnist Bill Roy recently recalled, with some astonishment, having met a man at a town meeting held by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who said he relied on government-paid dialysis, which cost $28,000 a month, but strongly opposed government-run medicine. Roy wrote: "It is not uncommon for people to grow to dislike those they are totally dependent upon."The man, Matthew Asher of Holton, responded in a letter to the Topeka Capital-Journal: "I hate that my treatment is paid for by the government. Yes, I said 'hate.' The more the government pays, the more control it wants. And that control will be between you and your doctor. Is that the kind of care you want?" He also wrote: "I may have lost control of my medical treatment, but I have not lost the right to voice my concerns about the direction some in Washington, D.C., are trying to take us."
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