Barbara Shelly’s column “Too long delayed, health reform simply can’t wait” (3/6, Opinion) brought my simmer to a boil. A family loses a mom to catastrophic illness and, on top of that, loses their home because the insurance stopped when the mom was so sick she could no longer keep the job that provided access to health insurance?
It is unfathomable that we can bail out mortgages of people who borrowed too much to get a house bigger than they needed or could afford, and pay executives millions of dollars for making stupid or illegal decisions that have resulted in this huge economic mess, but we punish decent people trying to do the right thing who have the great misfortune of getting sick and dying.
Short of overhauling the whole health-care system (which desperately needs to be done), we could fast-track people into the Medicare/disability system when they can’t keep working because they are fighting for their lives.
Oops, guess we can’t afford that!
It was immediately after World War II that amid the bombed-out buildings and weak economy, the British adopted their nation’s health-care system.
In England (and other industrialized countries) productive citizens don’t have to worry about medical bankruptcy.
Rae Ann Nixon