Medical cost fundraisers |

Medical cost fundraisers

Does anyone see a connection between fundraisers for patients with bone cancer and the sorry state of our nation’s health insurance system?

Every feeling person must grieve for the local family whose daughter suffers from bone cancer (The Union, Oct. 20), but we should ask: Why should it be necessary for the family to raise funds for medical costs by holding benefit dinners? Surely they have enough to contend with without feeling the economic pinch resulting from astronomical medical bills.

A simple single-payer medical insurance plan, such as SB 840, endorsed by State Sen. Shield Kuehl, passed by the California Legislature and vetoed by our governor, would prevent tragedies such as these.

With reduced costs, elimination of insurance company waste, coverage for everyone and choice of doctors, what is not to like with such a plan? If universal coverage is OK for our military members and their families and members of Congress, it should be OK for the rest of us, too. Medical care is not a mere commodity to be purchased like a used car. Almost all other first-world nations treat health care as a right for all citizens. Why are we so far behind?

Harry Wyeth

Grass Valley

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