All Americans Should Have Health Insurance
I, like all other doctors in the valley, have increasing numbers of patients who are uninsured. For the richest nation on earth, this is clearly unacceptable. For example, last weekend, I had a patient who required transfer to a higher level of care who was working two shifts (16 hours a day) and yet had no insurance. At the end of this, she is going to be burdened with a huge bill. This problem was added, obviously, to her medical issues.
What is more unacceptable is that we have spent, in excess, of $11 billion in Afghanistan and the bill continues to rise. This should be money spent on American citizens.
I urge readers to write to their representatives and senators expressing indignation that our taxes are subsidizing foreign economies while Americans go without insurance.
Russell Lee-Wood, M.D.
(U.S. Army Reserves)