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Letter: National health care makes the most sense

National health care makes the most sense

While born and raised in Buffalo, I have lived in the United Kingdom over the previous year. I was required to obtain official British residency, meaning my health care was covered by Britain’s national health care.

This past year I have attended doctor’s appointments, some of which were same-day appointments. I have had access to vaccinations, various mental health services and was able to go to a hospital when I needed foot X-rays. I did not have to pay a co-pay or deductible, and was not billed for anything. I never felt that the government was controlling my health or my life.

In the U.S., with more than 55 million and 74 million people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, respectively, government-based health care is not new or unusual. There is the economic argument for this system: with access to health care, people can work and produce more. If employers no longer need to provide health care, businesses have more money to invest in their company and employees.

But what about a patriotic argument? If taxes from financially secure individuals could fund this system, wouldn’t it be a patriotic sacrifice for the greater good? By providing health care access for all regardless of ZIP code or income level, such a sacrifice improves many lives throughout our nation, and affords many the freedom from illness and access to health we all deserve. To me, taking steps toward a national health care system seems to be a very patriotic and compassionate thing to do.

Sean Kaczmarek


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