The Edmond Sun

December 13, 2013

Stop beating up on Obamacare

Elaine Root
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I originally was planning to respond to Brandon Dutcher’s elitist, anti-public preschool article, especially since he knows people with money have been taking their children to pre-school in Edmond since 1963. But, since Edmond now has (a number of) public pre-schools I figured most people would ignore his editorial.

So I would like to express my dismay at the plethora of anti-Obamacare cartoons in The Edmond Sun. I expect this in (other newspapers) not The Edmond Sun. There are 500,000 Oklahomans or 44-47 million people nationwide without health care insurance. This is one of the key reasons the U.S. doesn’t even make the top 20th healthiest countries in the world list. CBS reported in May “That the United States has the highest first-day infant death rate out of all the industrialized countries in the world. About 11,300 newborns die within 24 hours of their birth in the U.S. each year, 50 percent more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.” This should be shocking to everyone.

We think the U.S. is the greatest country in the world, but I guess it is only to those lucky enough to have employer-provided health care or the money to buy their own insurance!

Elaine Root