Steven Metzler: Up in smoke

April 2, 2014 

A recent front page showed a young man with a health care insurance issue (“ Wanted: Young ‘invincibles’ ,” March 30 news article). The article states that with a $20,000 a year income he can’t afford premiums. The article goes on to describe his appearance as having a pack of Camel cigarettes stuffed in his shirt pocket. There is an obvious solution: personal responsibility.

First, he needs to stop smoking and improve his health from day one. Next, take the average price of cigarettes at $4 a pack and multiply that by 365 days a year and he would have $1,460 to spend on health care, food, rent, old medical bills. He should help himself before he asks others to help.

Steven Metzler

Raleigh

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