Make me pay more
By Adam Ross
I’m 28, healthy and willing to pay more so that all Americans can afford health care. Call me an ignorant idealist -- Michael Gerson does in this latest column, in which he argues that paying for health-care reform will require Congress to selfishly shift another burden from old to young. But my mother can’t afford health insurance. She is 59, has never had a serious illness, doesn’t smoke and exercises regularly. Blue Cross Blue Shield quoted her $500 a month for coverage, which is more than a retiree should have to pay.
In the case of health care, it’s not a burden we’re shifting, it’s a responsibility. It’s my responsibility and one day it will be my children’s responsibility to pay disproportionately into the health-care system. Universal health coverage can’t be achieved solely on the backs of America’s young, but if we can do more, we should. Americans my parents’ age -- people who now walk slower, eat more, see less and, yes, require more medical attention -- gave me all I have. So, Mr. Gerson, your next CAT scan is on me.
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