Column about healthcare was heartless

What is fair and not fair in healthcare?

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Column about healthcare was heartless

Dear Editor,
Your editorial on free healthcare not being a right misinforms and seems heartless in that you would deny a lifesaving level of healthcare to those who are uninsured due to being unemployed, perhaps through no fault of their own.
Right now, the uninsured can only get care at the ER which costs way more and winds up being paid for by taxpayers and those who do have insurance with higher fees. People do die from not having the means to buy health insurance or pay out of pocket. People are dying because they can’t afford insulin. Then you go further to say that people shouldn’t be paid a fair wage so they can afford health insurance. Seems illogical and just plain cruel.
Some people do not have the skills or a level of intelligence to work themselves up to a better paying job. And so why should they be denied a fair wage? They often do the hard, dirty work that most of us don’t want to do. Could you survive on $7.25 hour?
How is it that every other industrialized nation has universal healthcare except us? We pay more for healthcare here without better outcomes. Other countries control prices, especially on drugs. People should not go bankrupt or have to rely on “Go Fund Me” or bake sales to survive. Not all models of universal healthcare are good but we could take the best of these and make our own.
Australia, Israel and Taiwan have low-cost with patient satisfaction. Everyone pays according to their means. Those who can’t are still covered. When everyone has good healthcare it’s good for the economy as people are better able to work, be more productive and less of a burden. They are less likely to spread infectious diseases.
You call universal healthcare Socialism, so I guess you’re against Medicare and Social Security too? Good healthcare benefits all Americans. Besides it’s the RIGHT thing to do. Jesus said to care for the sick and the lame. To imply that all people who don’t have good health insurance or good wages is because they are lazy and don’t work hard is just uninformed or a libertarian “I’ve got mine Jack” lack of caring for your fellow Americans. 
Lucy Horne 
Sealy
P.S. I suggest that you read “A fiscally conservative argument for healthcare” by Craig Berlin in Healthcare March 4, 2016, for a view you may relate to. I don’t agree with everything he says but he makes a strong case for why conservatives should be for universal healthcare. 


What is fair and not fair in healthcare?

Dear Editor,
I agree with “Fair.”
But what is “Not Fair” is for pharma companies such as Novolog to increase insulin cost from $289 in 2013 to $540 in 2019. As populations age and increase, usage increases. Prices shoud decrease with economies of scale. Their “right” to increase prices and CEO pay to $5 million in 2013 versus the lack of “right” to increase minimum wage to $15. Is this “fair?”
The “right” of richly paid CEOs and executives to receive passive income in stock versus dollars to avoid taxation. The workers receive an hourly raise of 25-cents and subject to tax. Is this fair?
The “right” of tax appraisal districts to hire highly-sophisticated financial and engineering firms to appraise properties with sophisticated algorithms to justify increases in property value. The average taxpayer’s knowledge in protesting is like a T-ball toddler getting called up to MLB solely to pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, bases loaded, and down by three runs. Is this fair?
The “right” of big farming and ranching to receive “tax credits” and government subsidies to offset losses. The “right” to “legally” hire immigrant labor at minimum wage and less in some instances. The “right” to pass increased cost to the cost of the product.
So whilst minimum wage stagnates, commodity prices increase. The worker pays more for utilities, food, clothing, transportation. There is less and less available for health care.
I gall that workers should demand their “right” for a notch above “adequate health care.” The workers and tax payers will be dealt with “fairly!”
Martin Gonzales
Sealy

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