Affordable health care

Oklahoman Modified: July 12, 2013 at 10:02 am •  Published: July 12, 2013
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Affordable health insurance is available only to government employees, the poor and the elderly, and those working for affluent businesses — oligopolistic industries, high-profit margin companies or government contractors. In order to grasp this nation’s current system of caring for its citizens, let’s compare the U.S. health system with another industry sector.

The energy products we import and produce are provided at a cost to our citizens. What if gas/fuel were offered to the same entitled groups — government employees and the poor and elderly — for a nominal price of 99 cents a gallon? The remaining citizens would have to pay the full price of $6.99 for a gallon of gas. Like medical care, the gas to these groups would be highly rationed. Many Americans work in jobs essential to the economy and not only must subsidize the health care of government employees and other entitled groups through taxes, but must buy their own health insurance based not upon what they need it for, but only if they can pay for it themselves at an inflated cost.

If you thoughtfully examine this analogy, you might realize that the U.S. health care system doesn’t treat everyone as true citizens. It uses many people to subsidize the health needs of those entitled and therefore many are regarded as undeserving of affordable health care.

Margaret Brandon, Jones

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