Paying for medical treatment shouldn't end in bankruptcy

Oct. 9, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

When disasters strike, people come together to help one another.

Whether it's a disaster in our own community or far away, there is an outpouring of help. People donate money, clothes, supplies and their time to help neighbors or strangers get back on their feet. No one asks who you voted for in the last election or what your stance is on health care or immigration. We just pitch in to help because we have compassion for those in need.

Why, then, when it comes to helping our neighbors and fellow citizens nationwide do we balk at policies that would benefit everyone? Why do we seem to close our hearts to those perhaps less fortunate than we are?

Take the ongoing health care issue, for example. No one gets sick on purpose. No one wants their child to be sick and not be able to make her feel better, to get well. And, no one should have to declare bankruptcy to pay for treatment for an illness.

Yes, locally, people get help from the community purchasing dinner tickets or bake sale items to defray medical costs. You have to sell a lot of chicken dinners and cupcakes to pay for cancer treatment or a hospital stay after a heart attack.

In a civilized nation such as ours, we should look to the government to make policies that benefit everyone. No one should be left out in the cold. We are not a collection of tribes, but one nation, indivisible.

Let's encourage our senators and representatives to work together for the good of the whole nation. Ill health or a major accident doesn't need to be a financial disaster for an American family. Let's take care of our neighbors and citizens with the open heart we have for them after a hurricane, flood or other disaster. Thoughts and prayers are not a substitute for good legislation.

Cindy Meredith, Hallettsville


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