The last few days have brought the debate over health care close to home. Fortunately, Milton is covered by Medicare and a supplemental policy so he can focus on his recovery. But for many Americans, a major illness would ruin their health, their credit rating, and land them in bankruptcy court.
During the second presidential debate, Tom Brokaw asked, “Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?”
Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s responses were fundamentally different. While McCain said access to affordable health care is a “responsibility,” Obama said it is a “right”:
The estimated 47 million Americans without health care no doubt agree with Obama.
African Americans are disproportionately without health coverage. Over 25 percent of black men under age 65 are uninsured, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. By contrast, 16 percent of their white counterparts lack health coverage.
The study concludes:
Simply stated, when something is wrong with black men, something is wrong with black women and black children.