Nicholas Kristof – Are We Going to Let John Die?

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November 29, 2009 by D Stack

In his op-ed in today’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof talks about John Brodniak. It is yet another story of a formerly healthy person who comes down with a treatable condition yet has been sentenced to death owing to lack of health insurance. He lost his job (and his insurance) as a result of his condition. He can’t get onto his wife’s plan due to his pre-existing condition. Emergency rooms have actually turned him away, despite the claim of many that we do have universal health care in the United States.

Maybe it’s a tiresome story. Maybe these stories should stop being repeated. But someday the person the story is being written about can be me or you or a loved one. What do we have to fear from death panels, from faceless bureaucrats. They already exist.

Health care reform will cause my taxes to go up? Fine. Raise them. At least they will go up in the attempt to save lives.

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