To the Editor: Frank DeSanna is wrong (Oct. 11 letter) for so many reasons, my response will be longer than his letter.
If you’re brought into any hospital with a heart attack, it’s treated as an emergency. You’re not put on a waiting list.
In fact, the purpose of providing universal health care is to avoid developing a medical crisis that necessitates a visit to the emergency room.
According to Bloomberg (September 2018 report), a publication run by a man who’s nobody’s idea of a socialist, Canada has the 16th-best health care system, Britain is 35 and The United States is 55.
Ranked number one is Hong Kong, which provides free health care with small co-payments for all residents and resident children under 11. Number two is Singapore, which has a government-run universal health care system. Number three is Spain, which has universal health care.
As for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Cadillac congressional health plan, that’s limited to members of Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court.
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he promised to expand it to all U.S. citizens who wanted it. But the public option was not included in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
Now I will not hesitate to point out that it was not the fault of the Republicans, who did not control either house of Congress when Obamacare passed. Enough Democrats opposed the public option to kill it.
So unlike DeSanna, I will not write in a rigidly ideological and partisan manner and ignore that.
Logic, morality and common sense should make it obvious that medical care is necessary for humans to avoid premature death.
Therefore, it should not be treated as a commodity but should be provided to everyone.
Retired transit worker
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