About our health care

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

We have to de­cide on one ques­tion: Is health care a right, or a priv­i­lege avail­able only to those who can pay for it?

The laws we make will fol­low from the an­swer to that ques­tion. For ex­am­ple, we have de­cided that ed­u­ca­tion (through high school) is a right, so we pay for it with taxes.

Other coun­tries have al­ready de­cided that health care is a right and they have paid for it with taxes. The price of our health care is vast com­pared to all other coun­tries; we can only con­trol costs with the power of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Pol­icy is not hard at all; other coun­tries are way ahead of us on pro­vid­ing qual­ity, ef­fi­cient health care (not health in­surance).

LUCY FINN-SMITH Lit­tle Rock

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