That is an unsettling sentence in the article “Religious limits on health care prompt merger oversight call”: “Washington has one of the highest rates of religiously affiliated hospitals in the U.S. …”

How can this happen in our liberal state? Texas or North Dakota, maybe. There are hospitals and there are churches: Keep them separate. I don’t go to a church for medical reasons, and I don’t go to a hospital to pray. Every aspect of one’s health care should not be decided by a group trying to exercise its religious beliefs.

I was raised in a Methodist church, and I respect people’s beliefs. We need to change this religious medical monopoly now.

David S. Gooding, Normandy Park