Ac­cess isn’t the point

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I am stunned the news me­dia hasn’t pur­sued the Repub­li­cans’ de­fault use of the word “ac­cess” when speak­ing of their Oba­macare re­place­ment bill and its cov­er­age of pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

Here’s a shocker: How many Amer­i­cans from the poor­est among us to the bil­lion­aire ti­tans of busi­ness have “ac­cess” to health care? An­swer: 100 per­cent!

I have “ac­cess” to pri­vate jets and their prom­ise to trans­port me to the far cor­ners of the planet. I have “ac­cess” to jew­elry stores and their bril­liant of­fer­ings drip­ping with flaw­less, pre­cious stones. I have “ac­cess” to Sloan Ket­ter­ing and its world-class can­cer care.

I have “ac­cess” to vir­tu­ally every­thing within my uni­verse ex­cept for one po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing bar­rier: Money. And lots of it.

Hey, Amer­ica, no health-care pro­gram de­signed by the gov­ern­ment al­ters our “ac­cess” to health care. The GOP’s po­si­tion is disin­gen­u­ous, dis­hon­est and a down­right lie.

Al­ways fol­low the money. I be­lieve the GOP re­place­ment health-care plan will make bil­lion­aires more wealthy while the poor among us are left to die. It’s eco­nomic Dar­win­ism in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized.

Be­yond sad. HARRY HERGET Lit­tle Rock

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