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Letter: Health care is a basic human right

Published on January 9, 2018 12:01AM

I am a physician, and I believe everyone should have access to health care as a basic human right. Unfortunately, unlike the rest of the developed world, the U.S. has relied on insurance as the way to finance health care, and traditionally, that insurance is provided by employers.

Children, seniors, people with disabilities, and many adults in low wage jobs don’t get health insurance through an employer, so we have Medicaid to provide them with the coverage they need. Medicaid is under threat, and Measure 101 is needed to continue to provide Medicaid to those who need it, and to stabilize the insurance market for individuals who purchase their own insurance.

Physicians like me, our fellow health care providers, and the hospitals we work in, all support Measure 101, even though it taxes us directly. Opponents object to Measure 101 because it will raise taxes, but the costs are even more for all of us if we don’t pass it.

Taxes are what we pay to live in a just society, and providing health care for all our citizens is part of how we “promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” (U.S. Constitution Preamble).

For some vulnerable citizens, the cost of not passing Measure 101 will be paid for with their health, and possibly even their lives. Please join me in voting for Measure 101.

Laura Gordon, M.D.



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