Valerie Bauman Staff Writer-Puget Sound Business Journal wrote an article on 12/5/13, “Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.” that included compelling quotes from this much respected General. His perspective may resonate with many who have seen the best and worst of healthcare USA.
- “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens.”
- “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life,” Powell said. “And I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.”
According to Bauman’s article, Powell’s wife had life-threatening emergency treatment also from the military. It was successful and the General compares these experiences to that of a woman named Anne who sells him firewood and does work around his yard. Despite insurance coverage, MRIs she needed to prepare for doctors to do brain surgery were not covered.
- “She and her family live out in the country somewhere, they have very limited means. I buy wood from her every year. I’ve got about four years worth of wood out in the back yard. I can’t resist her, and she needs the money.”
- “After these two events, of Alma and Anne, I’ve been thinking, why is it like this? Every country I’ve visited, every developed country, they have universal health care. They don’t understand why the United States of America, which uses more health care than just about anybody else, still (has) 40 million people not properly insured.”
- “I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen. Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.”
It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?