Marni England-Hill, Published August 10 2009
Care for all right thing to doI keep reading all the comments about health care reform. Let it be known that in a capitalist industry, costs are always passed on to the consumer. To translate, if you think that you are not paying for the uninsured now, you are sorely mistaken.
Not only are the majority of bankruptcies due to medical bills, but uninsured citizens usually do not seek preventive care, so the cost they incur is usually much larger. And don’t think for a minute that hospitals are going to just eat that up out of the goodness of their hearts. We all pay in higher medical costs.
As far as taxes go, you can argue that you don’t want to pay for this procedure or that, but consider that whether or not you drive, you pay for road repairs, whether or not you have children, you pay for education, and on and on.
There comes a time when we need to look into our hearts and just do what is right. I don’t want to pay for something I am not using, but, at the same time, I would rather cut off my own toe than hear about another American baby suffering because his/her family could not afford medical care. As a Christian, I put people before money, hands down every time.
When you look at it, the increase in taxes will probably be more than made up by the decrease in medical bills.
The bottom line is that this is America and everybody deserves to have accessible health care. At the end of the day, it is just the right thing to do.