Columnist Lane Filler writes of his opposition to universal health insurance, but perhaps he is not aware of the Canadian people's appreciation of their single-payer medical insurance coverage ["Free to be . . . Not you, just me," Opinion, July 9].

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In fact, in an informal poll, the late Tommy Douglas, a former premier of Saskatchewan, was voted the "greatest Canadian" because he was the first to introduce free public health insurance in his province.

Chet Gerstenbluth, Plainview