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Opinion

May 4, 2014

Healthcare: only available to those who can afford it

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Harvard and CUNY researchers reported in “Physicians for a National Health Program”, January 30, 2014, that up to 8 million are uninsured in states rejecting the expansion of Medicaid and up to 17,000 will die a premature and avoidable death because of this.

In the journal Health Affairs they state “We predict that many low-income women will forego recommended breast and cervical cancer screening; diabetics will forego medications and all low-income adults will face a greater likelihood of depression, catastrophic medical expenses and death”.

When the Congressional Budget office reported that 12 million non-elderly would have insurance in 2014 that would not without the Affordable Care Act, conservatives were very critical and skeptical. Some continued to reiterate the old lie that we had the best medical system in the world without “Obamacare”.

One retired physician, with extensive experience in government and private practice, told me our medical care is rationed and “it always has been available only for those that could afford it”.

It is evil and criminal, for states refusing the Medicaid expansion, to deny their citizens medical rights available to citizens of other states and people responsible for early wrongful deaths resulting from this action should be legally chargeable.

EDWARD HARRIS

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