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11/16/2012 10:44:00 AM
Big money trumps common sense in healthcare debate
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Registered nurse Dorothy Petrie checks the blood pressure of Jose DeJesus June 29 at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center in Rochester, N.Y. The clinic, which is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides health care for the uninsured and underinsured .
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Registered nurse Dorothy Petrie checks the blood pressure of Jose DeJesus June 29 at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center in Rochester, N.Y. The clinic, which is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides health care for the uninsured and underinsured .

To the Catholic Sentinel:

Today’s economics embrace exploitation, inequity, greed and dishonesty, perpetrated by a relative few corporate elite. It is a mindset that says people serve the economy, instead of the economy serving the people.

Healthcare in the U.S. is a shameful example of inequity, with 46 million uninsured and vulnerable to both health and financial devastation.

It’s estimated that one American dies every 20 minutes because of lack of health insurance and that 27,000 Americans between the ages of 25-65 die prematurely because they don’t have coverage.

Yet American healthcare pioneers some of the most advanced life-saving techniques and discoveries, and for the insured patient, some of the best care available.

Single payer makes sense to me. Everybody pays into healthcare just as everybody pays for police and fire protection and the maintenance of our roads. Sufficient funding would be available since all would pay.

Doctors, hospitals, and other medical facilities would remain private, not owned or run by the government.

To me the healthcare crisis is just another example of how a good, reasonable, and effective plan (Universal Healthcare-Single Payer) is trumped by big money and special interests.  

Gerald Osacho, Beaverton





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