Nicholas Kristof, op-ed Columnist for the NY Times, has a great take on the moral implications of health care reform in his piece Let Congress Go Without Insurance. At what cost to human lives will we continue to view access to health care as a privilege, rather than a right? Why is it that we continue to be the only great industrialized nation without universal access to health care? As Kristof points out it seems to be a matter of priorities, not money. We are willing to spend trillions of dollars on the war in Iraq, yet when it comes to a matter of acting in the best interest of our citizens, we have failed. We have members of Congress, who have access to the best health insurance, making decisions for those whose lives have been devastated by inadequate coverage. Maybe it’s time for members of Congress to truly put themselves in the shoes of their constituents for them to make decisions about access to health care that will actually benefit the American public.
The moral debate of health care reform