To the Editor:
Paul O’Neill says, “If we’re going to have a new American birthright to care, there will be new American responsibilities.” I couldn’t agree more! But the responsibility should be that Americans take better care of themselves, rather than having responsibility connected to a “mandate that all Americans pay in advance for coverage of catastrophic medical needs.”
I am tired of reading about “health” care when it ought to be called “sick’’ care. I work hard to keep myself healthy with exercise and a decent diet. If all Americans did this, there would be an incredible drop in sickness associated with poor lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, no exercise, too much food). The high cost I pay for health insurance goes to pay for those folks who take zero responsibility for their health.
Until people start lifestyle changes, we will continue to see costs skyrocket.
Richmond, Va., Oct. 16, 2007
Note from KBJ: If the letter writer is a woman, I’m going to marry her.
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