Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Continuing a proud tradition of public benefits

Many of us voted for President Obama as we believed he had the character, intelligence and the will to lead the country and to provide meaningful change. We voted for the man, but we also voted for the platform. A primary part of the platform was the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which will benefit all citizens. The Supreme Court has now ruled in favor of President Obama and all of the country.

I have always been puzzled by the fierce opposition to this legislation. Why do some Americans begrudge other citizens access to the health care they need? We are certainly not the leaders in this area. Most wealthy, industrialized nations provide these benefits.

Social Security and Medicare were really not the first entitlement programs that we as citizens have established. I believe that free public school education may be the first entitlement program that the citizens of our country agreed was needed. At an early time in the history of our country, children were seen as part of the labor force both on the farm and in our cities. As people became more enlightened, it was decided to offer children the benefit of an education. Many families over several generations have greatly benefited from this free education. The education received and the skills learned have benefited them and the entire society. Middle-class families have benefited, as they are left with more disposable income saved by having their children educated at taxpayer expense.

Some of us believe that access to health care is an even more basic right of citizenship, as all citizens directly benefit. Public school education, Social Security and Medicare and the provision of health care are all big-ticket items, but we as citizens have supported these programs as we believe that they are in the "common good." This is the democratic way we have tried to operate since the birth of the nation, and we are still evolving with good ideas for the "common good."

We must realize that one of the many benefits of President Obama's proposals is that the cost of health care should go down. We know that there is gross inefficiency, corruption and duplication of effort in the health care delivery system. Why should we pay substantially more for prescription drugs than the citizens of other countries?

I hope that we will get behind this effort to move forward into the 21st century, where we can take pride that we are a nation guided by democratic ideals and the will to provide our fellow citizens with all the benefits of a thriving democracy of the people.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • An incomplete report on payments to doctors from drug companies [Letter]

    It actually doesn't do much good to head up an article about payments to doctors by telling readers that a doctor invented a great new device and the company sent him a check for royalties ("Payments to doctors from drug companies, device makers revealed," Oct. 4).

  • Md. health exchange still a problem
    Md. health exchange still a problem

    No matter what one hears, the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange is still a difficult system to navigate ("Give yourself the gift of quality health care," Dec. 3). I have spent the last week trying to create an account, but since my situation isn't typical, I am on my own. The insurance broker...

  • Health exchange still a hassle
    Health exchange still a hassle

    I found The Sun's editorial, "Beyond the website" (Nov. 23), about how well the new-and-improved Maryland Health Connection had launched to be ironic and not in a good way. Perhaps you should have looked beyond the health insurance website itself to see if the system really had been improved from...

  • Give yourself the gift of quality health care
    Give yourself the gift of quality health care

    It's December and quickly creeping toward the next holiday season. We have had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. How about taking a step back and giving a gift to yourself?

  • Dems' clout dims
    Dems' clout dims

    Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin should realize it's not about the bacon; they were elected to protect the residents of Maryland from federal overreach.

  • Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?
    Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?

    Who are Gov. Martin O'Malley and Attorney General Doug Gansler trying to kid? The reason potential litigation over the flawed rollout of Maryland's health exchange is being postponed is the upcoming election. They are deeply afraid of what Noridian is going to claim about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's...

  • How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?
    How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?

    It saddens me to see the former congressman and governor of Maryland salivating with anticipation at the thought of depriving millions of Americans of decent health insurance by rolling back the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare is a varsity stinker," Nov. 23).

  • Sun's stupidity is showing
    Sun's stupidity is showing

    You have published several articles recently in support of Obamacare but have chosen to ignore the news of how this hoax was enacted through deception, fraud, misrepresentation of material facts and outright lies ("Who are you calling stupid?" Nov. 14)!

Comments
Loading

37°