Why saving lives should not depend on how much money you have or where you work.
Health care (including medical, dental, vision, hearing and mental health) is a public policy issue — a matter of public health and safety just like law enforcement, firefighting or emergency first responders.
When your house is being broken into and you call the police, or your house is on fire and you call the fire department, or there is a natural disaster and you need emergency first responders, they don’t ask where you work, what kind of insurance you have or how much money you have.
THEY JUST SEND HELP.
What is the difference between getting hit with a hurricane and getting hit by cancer?
When your life is at risk from illness, injury or accident, access to life-saving health care should not depend on where you work, what kind of insurance you have or how much money you have.
They should JUST SEND HELP.
It is no more a matter of “socialized medicine” than “socialized law enforcement” or “socialized fire protection.”
Ralph Dunagin and Dana Summers
April 03, 2015