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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 with 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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  1. old_benjamin says:

    Bankrupting the country is not in the interest of anyone. I’d favor free Caribbean Cruises for everyone if we could afford them. We can’t. Same goes for Obamacare.

  2. For the greater good of us all.

  3. alindasue says:


    How can it be “bankrupting the country” when providing preventative care or early treatment is infinitely less expensive than treating people when their problems reach the point of emergency? Or are you one of those who prefer the “let them die” solution?

  4. Some people believe the nonsense that Fox News and the Republican party throws out about health care or have picked up Limbaugh’s rant about “free” contraception.

    We all pay for our insurance through the work we do or through our own cash payments. An employer does not hand out insurance for free. It is part of a compensation package for work.

    I personally think a “Medicare for all” approach would have solved a lot of our problems with who has insurance coverage and who doesn’t, but that is not what was passed.

    Private insurance paid directly by the insured or as part of the payment for work done by the insured is the law of the land, even in Obama’s health reform.

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