Letter: Actually, our moral obligation is to ensure health care for all

Mar 15, 2017

Leslie Gregg’s letter (“We have ‘moral obligation’ to repeal, replace health law,” March 1) simply begs for response. The “structural weaknesses” in the ACA mentioned are the result of mostly Republican obstructionism and the lackluster advocacy of the President.

Medicare, not Medicaid, should have been used as direct competition with profit-seeking insurance companies to keep premiums lower. Congress voted to keep Medicare from negotiating drug prices, as the Veterans Administration and California now do. This prohibition should be repealed.

Gregg claims the system is now unsustainable. The two changes outlined above would be a big help. Health care reform is a work in progress. No system is perfect. The U.S. should join all the other major developed countries in ensuring that their citizens have adequate health care.

Gregg claims there is a “moral obligation” to return to denying adequate health care to millions of people that include the disabled and children. Is there a major religion or spiritual tradition that leads to this conclusion?

Speaking of morality, where is the morality in a system that allows, even encourages, fewer and fewer people to hoard more and more of available resources?

Uninsured people tend to let minor health problems go. Too often, this results in a visit to an emergency room that is not paid for. We all end up paying for such unavoidable use of limited medical facilities. Gregg fails to acknowledge this.

Next time you eat out, think of your server and food preparers. Wouldn’t it be wise to ensure they have adequate health care?

 

Arnie Knudson
Lynnwood
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