S. Sokol: Health care is a fundamental right

I wish to congratulate you on your excellent editorial published Aug. 1 on health care and the Affordable Care Act. You emphasized those points that developed nations across the world have recognized and implemented, though the U.S., the richest nation, has ignored them.

The Constitution states that everyone has "the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." None of those are possible without health.

Sadly, today this is undermined by the lack of health insurance for many — 50 million as was pointed out. A recent study from Arizona showed that their Medicaid expansion had decreased the mortality rate by 6.1 percent. Tragically, some states, including Maine, are refusing to implement AHA Medicaid expansion, and even trying to curtail services.

Health care is a fundamental right and not a privilege for the well off. As a physician, I have learned that lesson, not only here, but in the many developing nations where I have worked.

Stephen Sokol, Lewiston

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Dr. Sokol: Health care is a fundamental right

Dr. Steve Sokol 12.08.07 16:00 HST •

You are correct . It is a basic human right

Alo'ha to you and your wonderful family ,

/s , Dr. Steve Dosh and ohana , Bates '78 , FSO ( ret.)

btw - Hey Mike and Doug , who is Y O U R doctor ?

Do you even know ¿

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Many of those developed nations ...

... were subsidized by the US following WWII, some right to the present day. To show their gratitude, they used our generosity to ignore their own defense responsibilities and establish socialism, including "free" health care.

Today those nations applaud BHO's fundamental transformations toward becoming more like them. If we continue on this path, who is going to bail out Europe the next time they try to blow the world to smithereens? Sorry, folks, we've become enlightened, like you, and don't have the resources to save your arrogant butts again.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

"The Constitution states that

"The Constitution states that everyone has "the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." None of those are possible without health."
Then by your estimation of the U.S. Constitution, I could go on a robbery spree in my own pursuit of happiness. You cannot add words you want to the document and there is no "right" to healthcare you cannot afford. For the love of god, people...read Paine's The Rights of Man! Read any of the popular thinkers of the time that the framers were reading when they outlined our rights.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Doug , 16:05 HSt Tuesday .

Doug , 16:05 HSt Tuesday
. .". I could go on a robbery spree in my own pursuit of happiness. "
Go ahead . No one is stopping you . After all , the original draft read , " The pursuit of property . ... , " and was changed by T.J. , the first true Democrat
You want to quote Tom Paine or other Federalists ? He had little to say about health . ..
" Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." " Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." " Time makes more converts than reason. " " War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes. " "He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death. " " We have it in our power to begin the world over again. " -- Thomas Paine
" War is folly . War eats it's young . War is dangerous to small children and other living creatures . " -- Steve Dosh
Do vote on August 11th . After all, freedom and responsibility go together hand in glove . Aloha from the birthstate of our President and the framer of Obamacare ® , /s , Steve :)

JEAN FORD's picture

Wow...no right to health care

Wow...no right to health care you cannot afford? The implications of that are stunning. So for the 30 million Americans who don't have health insurance, just let them get sick and die?

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

Again, unless you have read

Again, unless you have read of the natural rights of man or other liberty related literature of the time, you would have little grasp beyond what MSNBC has fed you. You indeed have the right to buy insurance just as you have the right to seek the kind of employment that will look after your health. You also have the right to eat, drink and treat you body as you will even if that causes your premature demise. You have the right to live as a free person; to live and die as you will without being enslaved by an oppressive state apparatus (less so every day now). These were the thoughts of the movement that freed our country once. We are given the freedom to seek the life we choose. If that includes choosing a poor education, lousy job, addiction, poverty, etc... that is your right. So yes, let them get sick and die. We all wind up on the other side of the dirt. I would rather do so free.

JEAN FORD's picture

Unfortunately we don't live

Unfortunately we don't live in that Utopian society you describe and I think as a great nation we should take care of our poor, our elderly and the sick among us. You claim that people choose a poor education and poverty. Really??? What child says "I want to grow up poor and stupid." That is a very tunnel-visioned view of reality.

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