United States needs universal health care


Even though the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday concluded that 161,000 people in Ohio can continue to receive federal tax credits to subsidize the cost of their insurance policies they had to buy through a federal marketplace (because state lawmakers refused to set up a state marketplace), the United States of America is still the only industrialized nation in the world that does not have universal heath care. I have asked myself many times, “Why?” It is a good question to ponder.

I can remember watching the evening news stories about the free clinics being held around the country and some of the citizens finding out for the first time that they have a serious illness that could be life-threating.

We still have a ways to go, in this country, if we are going to lift ourselves up to the same level as the other industrialized countries of the world in terms of universal health care.

Warren Stevens

Urbana