Letter to the Editor: People do need health care


To quote the letter writer in Monday’ s paper — “People should have the right to buy what they want as long as it does not hurt their neighbors and not buy something if they don’t want it” — apparently, he was very lucky for 20 years and did not need insurance. I’d be willing to bet that he has Medicare now and grateful for it.

The person who thinks he does not need insurance is fooling himself. Medical attention is very expensive and few have the resources to cover a major illness. They also are the ones to show up in the emergency room and you, the “neighbor” – owner of insurance, pay for their care.

Or, let’s just say you want insurance but have a pre-existing condition — no insurance company in the past would take you — or in some instances they would drop you because of the cost to carry you. Obamacare put an end to this.

There are glitches in the system, as would be expected with millions trying to access the program. The Republican Party has cost the country $40 billion dollars righting something the majority of people want, instead of helping to make it work.

If you drive a car, you are forced to buy insurance or pay a penalty. Why would this not apply to something so expensive as health care?

Wasn’t the letter writer lucky that for 20 years he didn’t need insurance or could afford to pay for his needs. We should all be so fortunate.

Dorothy Maddox, Front Royal