Letter: Make quality health care available to all

Congressman Rod Blum is confusing hypocrisy, cruelty and callousness with choice.

He argues for a system which will functionally deny Iowans health care as insurance premiums rise while benefits are reduced and calls this “free choice,” not “losing” your insurance.” Forcing a large group of Iowans to decide to go without anything but emergency health care is hypocrisy appearing as choice.

His website states “any reform bill must be to make health care more affordable for hardworking American families.”

He is simply wrong.

The decent, responsible and non-hypocritical goal is a reform bill which makes quality health care accessible for all Americans. America does not need to move a little “closer to a system where we help those who cannot take care of themselves, while others can afford their health insurance again.” America needs to guarantee each one of us the quality health care we individually need based on our ability to pay similar to the top 16 countries with the world’s best health care reported by the Business Insider.

The most cost effective model, as noted by the World Economic Forum, is one where everyone receives primary care and technology is used to contain cost. This keeps people and the health care system healthy. It also is decent and humane.

Blum is advocating for a system to deny people quality health care who cannot afford insurance premiums which will lead to catastrophic care that is more expensive with worse results for all Americans. His model is indecent, expensive and hypocritical.

Slaton Anthony

Mount Vernon

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