Justice Sandra Day O'Connor give us her solution and suggestions to a better health care system...good reading...BD
BIG NUMBERS, like 45 million uninsured Americans, are hard to grasp. But that number came home to me at a recent conference. The keynote speaker was former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Her topic was our healthcare system, and her message was personal and anguished.
As I listened, a light dawned: O'Connor and the rest of us with health coverage are also uninsured. We too face terrible, albeit more remote, healthcare risks -- the risk that our employer will drop our plan, that Medicare will go bust, that our plan won't cover our needs, that premiums will eat us alive, that our doctor will stop taking our insurance, that long-term care will wipe us out, and that our uninsured friends and family members will need major financial help.
Why can't a country as rich as ours come up with a system that works? This, in essence, was Justice O'Connor's parting question.
But, in fact, we can. Now if we can just get the big cheeses in the Oval Office or on their way there to start thinking big . .
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