In support of healthcare for all — Elsie Kiley

Dear Editor,

My name is Elsie Kiley and I live in Charlotte, Vt. I do have health insurance with a high deductible and co-pays that leaves me without peace of mind and hesitant to even go to doctors. However, my concern is for others who have no health insurance.

Three years ago, my brother’s girlfriend needed more care than her doctor could provide because she had no health insurance. She was having ongoing breathing problems. She died because she could not afford the cost for oxygen equipment.

Making health care accessible to all is humane and is representative of a civilized society. It is a public good. Everyone could contribute to the cost based on ability. No one would be hurt economically nor would they have to suffer from worry or curable illness. I think everyone should have access to good health care and this is why

I am a member of the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign, a campaign that has been working toward passing legislation that would create a single payer system. Act 48 is an opportunity for Vermont to show that we are a society that cares about all of our citizens.

Sincerely, Elsie Kiley

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