I’m writing to urge everyone to consider support for universal health care. Our current health care system assigns access to health care based on wealth. The more money a person has, the better access to health care available. Unfortunately, this ties necessary treatment for medical conditions to wealth and reinforces a system in which life has a monetary value.
If we were to apply the same logic used in our health care system to the rest of our public services, such as roads, water, fire protection, law enforcement and garbage, everyone’s access to these services would be based on their wealth. Imagine a system in which you were allowed to use certain roads to work, based on the wealth that you have. Because most of us are not multi-millionaires, most of us would be limited to a subset of the roads available. Or imagine if police officers responded to crimes not on the priority and seriousness of the offense, but based on the wealth of the victim. In that world, trespassing on someone’s lawn could take priority over a murder or assault.
We all receive equal access to these public services, regardless of our wealth. But we all do not pay the same amount for these services because money is not the only measure of a person’s contribution to society. The same logic should be applied to health care. Everyone has a need for access to health care, young or old, rich or poor. Access to health care should not be restricted by a person’s wealth because a life cannot be assigned a monetary value.
Bill Becker, Roscoe
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