[Letter to the editor]Korea shows why Hillary will win
There is a dearth of information in the high school curriculum on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, there is a dearth of rudimentary information about the physical changes experienced by teenagers during puberty. Still, the level of health care in the communal, mostly co-ed hospital wards in South Korea is superb, overall.
Further, in my opinion, it is second to none in the world.
Going to the hospital in South Korea is a communal thing. Visiting hours aren’t closely observed. In fact, staff routinely provide an extra cot. Families just move in with the patient. Friends bring the patient good things to eat. They share with strangers. Little children, having finished dinner early, holler and run around. Whereas patients in eight-bed rooms have 100 percent of the cost met by national medical insurance, a patient in his or her own room must pay 80 percent of the cost of that exclusive room. This could amount to a million won per day.
The United States has a lot to learn about single-payer national health insurance. Senator Hillary Clinton from New York favors mandatory health coverage.
Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s current ascent began when he was the headliner at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s steak fry, in the first caucus state, Iowa. Harkin was a presidential candidate 16 years ago. In the wake of Super Tuesday 1992, 15 national labor leaders who had backed Harkin had to find other standard-bearers.
I think that Clinton will win both my party’s nomination and the U.S. presidency. Don’t get me wrong; Obama, a great Democrat, is still a formidable opponent. Bill Clinton was deeply relieved in 1992 when Mario M. Cuomo, then governor of New York and seen as the leading candidate on the Democratic side at the time, declined to run.
But more California Democratic delegates are now committed to Hillary.
Richard Thompson, Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Yongin, Gyeonggi