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February 28, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Health care

Quantity of life, not quality of life

Lynne Varner’s column on preserving health-care funds missed two vital points [“Preserving a health-care lifeline,” Feb. 25].

In the lineup of human needs, health care ranks number two only behind food. Money designated to improve health care must not be pre-empted by anything below that level.

Besides, it is no secret that current state affairs in America’s health-care system decrees the quality of health care one gets is largely determined by how much wealth one has. Innovative developments are worthless because insurance companies declare them experimental and won’t pay for them.

People are aware of this and are getting fed up.

We are talking not just about the quality of life here. We are talking about the amount of life. I, for one, will become a very unpleasant citizen if someone I love dies because of this unacceptable, unequal caste system of medical care. I won’t be alone.

— Harold Pettus, Everett

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