In his Jan. 2 op-ed column, “A new year, a new attitude,” David Ignatius presented a believable account of how a large bureaucracy managed to win World War II in spite of colossal mistakes. He went on to praise the United States for staying the course despite those mistakes. That may be necessary and even laudable when a country is fighting for its very existence, but no one should conclude from that that we should do the same in our present bureaucratic mess with Obamacare.

First of all, no entity other than a national government can wage war. This is certainly not the case with “waging health care.” Private enterprise has established that it is capable of doing the deed. We are not obliged to keep the faith when it comes to our government taking over responsibilities historically and better left to private enterprise.

Roger Beller, Loveland, Ohio