Letters to the editor (04/25/12)

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America is at a Medicaid crossroad
Editor:
Why is America’s infant mortality rate one of the highest among first-world countries?
Why is American life expectancy shorter than people in other developed countries?
Why does our government spend 17 percent of the country’s budget for ineffective health care, when other countries provide complete, efficient citizen coverage for as little as 7 percent of their budget?
America desperately needs to change medical direction and the Affordable Healthcare Act is a good beginning … not perfect, but a good beginning.
We understand and appreciate the necessity of  mandated automobile insurance or infant car seats. Why do we question the need for universal health insurance?
Can we realistically think we will never need care? For those who can afford it, this expenditure is a no-brainer; for those who cannot, there are government subsidies to help defray the cost.
The financial burden is thus distributed across the population … “one for all … all for one.”
A completely insured citizenry that can access preventative and wellness care is definitely healthier and consequently more productive thereby benefitting everyone in America. We are only as strong as our weakest link.
Morally speaking, there truly is no reason not to insure everyone.  Health care is a basic human right. Are we not our brother’s keeper?
Or are we a nation of selfish opportunists enriching our personal financial portfolios?
Are we religious extremists imposing our own subjective spiritual agenda?
For America’s long term well being, we would hope not and that true patriotism and common sense still lives.
There was a very good reason that our founding fathers made separation of church and state, with liberty and justice for all, the bedrock of our extraordinary and independent American nation.
We would do well to revisit their logic before animosity and divisiveness does irreparable damage to this great nation.
Universal health care would heal many wounds and we must convey this message to the Supreme Court and members of Congress.

Patty and Larry Guggino Sr.
Los Lunas