I have rarely seen as detestable and shameful an opinion piece as Michael Strain’s Feb. 2 column “ End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s OK.”
Whenever I see someone make such a claim, I can be pretty sure that the writer does not belong to the class of people whose mortality he would leave in question.
Strain does not disappoint. Here’s a man, snug in his position as a “resident scholar,” firm in his conviction that other people – lesser people, it would seem – are acceptable collateral damage. I could not disagree more.
He used a vapid example of speed limits and the increased casualties that higher speeds produce, but people can choose what speed they drive and thus the risk they assume. No one would willingly choose the decision between bankruptcy and dying from a treatable illness, if they even have such a choice (many hospitals won’t treat beyond stabilization if payment isn’t arranged ahead of time, to include a sizable down payment).
And there is a big difference between raising the speed limit and actively taking away protections, leaving someone to die. Someone else, that is.