The efforts to help Mindy Wilkins with her medical bills speak well of the community, but it might also be an opportunity for people to give some deeper thought to America’s health care system.

As most people are probably aware, the U.S. spends significantly more per capita on health care than any other developed country while getting inferior results. Unfortunately we get hung up on the term “socialism” whenever the topic of single payer health care comes up.

Socialism is not communism. Socialism simply proposes that in some areas of a nation’s life focusing on “we” rather than “me” is both appropriate and moral. We don’t have to copy the European or Canadian systems verbatim, but if we really are “the greatest nation in the world” we ought to be able to come up with something a lot better than what we have now.

In a great country good citizens like Mindy Wilkins should not have to live in fear of financial ruin due to illness.

Dick Schwartz

Longbranch

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