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HEALTH CARE: Why we pay for others’ care

Letter by Paul Casadevall, Tacoma on March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm | 4 Comments »
March 6, 2012 2:11 pm

A reader wrote in wondering why senior citizens should have to pay for contraceptives that they will unlikely use. The short answer is that they don’t have to pay for contraceptives because they are on Medicare.

I am a healthy, nonsmoking man who exercises regularly. Why should I have to pay for medical treatment for people who smoke or are overweight? Senior citizens require far more health care treatments than young people. Why should those of child-bearing age pay for medical treatment for arthritis, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

It is akin to the argument that states since I don’t have children, I shouldn’t have to pay taxes that support the public schools. I don’t have children, but I pay taxes to support our public schools because educating children is in the best interest of our society.

All of us paying into health care and receiving the treatment that we need — free from biases or additional insurance riders — is also in the best interest of our society. And that is the long answer.

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