Wealth driving up healthcare costs

The Madison County Record Jul. 3, 2005, 10:14am

To the editor:

Most people have figured out the problem with healthcare in this country--not the least of which is malpractice insurance--is that the entire medical system has gotten far too expensive by run-away costs.

Each player either does not want to see their affect on the crisis or misguidedly believes they are not part of the problem.

Most people want to have a comfortable living and they usually rely on their job as the major source of income to support that lifestyle.

Unfortunately, at some level certain individuals significantly surpass the amount of money necessary to live quite well--never thinking about how their “dip into the well” is so much deeper than many others, never caring that the economic system of any society can only provide so much wealth, before some get very little, or worse, the well runs dry.

Many great nations fall because of such disparity.

Without question, we appear to be bordering on national health care as a possible remedy for this particular issue, but it would be so much better if all the people in America, especially the affluent, would take stock of their contributions to skyrocketing costs of many things, fed by the constant demand for higher pay or other forms of acquiring above average wealth.

Everyone is kidding themselves if they think the problem is always just the other guy's fault.

It may be painful to sacrifice some of the comforts we have come to expect, but unless we get serious about all this we may end up killing the goose that layed the golden egg, i.e. capitalism, democracy, and free enterprise.

James M. Georges, Sr.

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