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Letter: We have a moral duty to provide health care

We have a moral duty to provide health care

It is interesting that in the policy debates about immigration, health care, etc., there is rarely a reference to the fact that these issues have a moral component. This is based on the values our Founding Fathers instilled into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There is also a strong relationship to the command of Jesus to care for the poor and disenfranchised in our society.

What sort of country is it when we attempt to deprive millions of poor from health care insurance, as the recent Republican debacle attempted to do? The bishops of the United States proclaimed that health insurance and access to health care are a right, not just a privilege. The Catholic Church’s hierarchy wrote to representatives in the House and Senate and asked them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Why? It is the right thing to do, viz, care for those who are poor. To ignore access to medical insurance is unjust and immoral.

Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski were right to oppose the repeal since it would have harmed millions who take advantage of Obamacare. And the proposed replacement was done in a secretive, partisan way without any input from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the consequences of the repeal. Let’s look at these issues from a moral point of view!

Joseph W. Strychasz, LCSW

Tonawanda

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