|To the Editor: Present health care is failing us|
|Written by Milton and Lee Hakel|
|Monday, 12 October 2009 08:18|
Health care as a human right is not a new concept. Most large countries provide some type of state-run or state-assisted health care: Canada, UK, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, as examples.
We in the U.S. provide government-assisted care for the elderly and poor, with the rest grappling with insurance or self-payment . . . or no care. Yet, we spent a much larger percentage of our GDP on health care than any of the above mentioned countries. And we do not have the best health care in the world.
The present non-system is failing us and in our national debate we need to reassess not only how we provide health care, but why. I suggest that the underlying concern for the well-being of people, and the state's role in it, assumes that we are in this together and that the community is responsible for all of its citizens, particularly its poorest and most vulnerable.
This is not socialism - this is basic morality.
Milton and Lee Hakel
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