Don’t make vic­tims pay twice

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - AJ CASTILLA East Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts

As a Beirut-cam­paign com­bat vet­eran and Ok­la­homa City bomb­ing res­cue vol­un­teer, I un­der­stand well the heavy emo­tional and fi­nan­cial toll that acts of ter­ror take on vic­tims and their loved ones. As an Amer­i­can, I was truly im­pressed and proud when, last sum­mer, Or­lando-area hos­pi­tals all im­me­di­ately of­fered to self-cover med­i­cal-care costs for those at­tacked at the Pulse night­club shoot­ings. No vi­o­lent-crime vic­tim should ever need a Go Fund Me page or other public-pro­vided dona­tions col­lected for them in or­der to pay such bills.

In times like these, where gangs and ter­ror­ists both for­eign-born and home­grown at­tack and kill many tens of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans an­nu­ally, it’s time for our multi-bil­lion-dol­lar med­i­cal com­pa­nies to step up. For them to bill any crime vic­tim is not only greedy but also dis­pas­sion­ate. Just be­cause most vi­o­lent in­ci­dents, such as last week’s East Bos­ton at­tack, which left two Bos­ton po­lice of­fi­cers se­verely wounded, are not uni­form­cam­era recorded, health-care providers should still foot the bill.

Hope­fully this is the next step for a coun­try that prides it­self on worldlead­ing evo­lu­tion. This med­i­cal­care billing pol­icy change shouldn’t re­quire a rare bi­par­ti­san health-car­ere­form mir­a­cle from Wash­ing­ton.

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