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Opinion: Richest country in the world should do more for those less-fortunate

My television set is turned on this morning to CBS News, the focus right now is a medical costs that effects people who are diabetic and need insulin to stay alive. It appears the three pharmaceutical giants that produced this drug have colluded with one another…. at least evidence points in that direction. This was done to raise the price of this life-saving drug.

Look out the window if you can and what you see is America, it’s pathetic to read in the paper where fundraisers are being held in the local gymnasium to raise money for a young child who needs life-saving surgery. In my opinion the richest country in the world needs to step up for a family such as this – there should be no cost as long as the need is authenticated. The hospital should do it without charge as should the physician. If this country can build new roads in Iraq and build new schools for the children in that country why should a child living in America need to go begging for a medical procedure that could save their life? Why do they need to sell macaroni and cheese in some church basement and then bring the money that they raised to some guy who is driving a $80,000.00 Mercedes and his wife has a $40,000.00 BMW parked in the garage? I know, I know that these people paid dearly to acquire those skills that can save lives, I know that they lived frugally for 10 years before they could walk into the Mercedes dealership. I also knew the late Dr. Harry O’Brien the eye surgeon. I knew after he retired he did one pro bono surgery every week.

I am not advocating socialized medicine, what I’m advocating is community compassion for those less fortunate….

Peter Children
Mason City, Iowa

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