LETTERS: Health care for everyone; Unhealthy decisions; Why are we different?

Letters to the Editor

Health care for everyone

I would like to understand Mr. Raul Alessandri and those who oppose universal health care (Letters, April 12). They say it is very, very expensive. Are they saying only those who can afford it should get health care? Maybe they would reply that there are plenty of Medicaid and welfare programs to provide care for those who cannot pay. Or those who come to emergency rooms are covered if they cannot pay.

So then are they saying we can and should cover everyone or shouldn’t we? Often those who come to the ER without coverage are in crisis mode and would have been served with less expense (to all of us) and with better results if they could have had preventive care.

I believe there are many Americans that do not have health care. I believe all Americans should have health care available to them. I believe the costs to cover all Americans with health care would not be appreciably more than the amounts now spent by individuals, employers, payments for profits to insurance companies and taxpayers in general, though government programs. Add all that up and you would have very, very much money.

The idea that countries with universal health care must ration care has an element of truth, but those who live with it rarely complain. The value of guaranteed care seems to outweigh the costs.

Beverlee DeCoux, Alamo


Unhealthy decisions

I am a student at Our Lady of the Lake University Rio Grande Valley. I am working toward my bachelor’s degree in social work. I want to discuss an issue regarding food stamps that I see happening in the Valley.

The majority of the population in the Rio Grande Valley are Hispanics, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018. It was calculated back in 2013 that 38.5 percent of RGV Hispanic people are obese. One of the factors contributing to this issue is food stamps; there is no limit to what people can buy with their food stamps.

As a resident from the Rio Grande Valley I find it upsetting and worrisome to see that our people have a grocery cart full of unhealthy food when all it takes is a small change from a bag of Hot Cheetos to a bag of fruit.

As stated by Mike Dang in “Food Stamps, Obesity, and Hunger in the Rio Grande Valley” published by Billfold, Texas Rep. Terry Canales had proposed a bill to ban one product from being bought with food stamps, and a lot of questions were quickly raised with it.

I think this can be one of the solutions to the problem: restricting certain products that are not beneficial to the people. Another solution may be that human and health commissions require people who benefit from food stamps to take or attend certain classes where they can be educated about living a healthy lifestyle.

Abigail Briseno-Medina, Donna


Why are we indifferent?

A friend asked why millions of Americans are numb, indifferent, and even hostile to the Central American migrants. I did not have an answer — then — but since I have some explanations.

First, she could have asked why millions pay no attention to their communities, states, nation and world.

Too busy; too self-centered; too many daily demands; trying to survive; fear that their piece of the pie would diminish.

She could have added, as I will: The U.S. government’s support of the war against Yemen. The U.S. government’s screw tightening on Cuba, Venezuela and Iran.

Alas, too far, far too far.

Busy, busy people, not even cruel people, just getting on with their own lives.

Migrants wait and wait, their lives on hold.

What does it take a person to vote in a local election? And what would it take to get that person to protest the U.S. government’s harmful behavior, from international bridges here in Texas to distant lands?

Just what?

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, Brownsville

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