Dear Mr. Scott: Americans Need Health Care, Not Big Macs

June 08, 2009 5:08 pm ET — Melinda Warner

Evidently, Rick Scott sees Americans as customers in a fast-food line of health care.

According to Rick Scott (whose company paid $1.7 billion in fines for fraud and whose current organization is playing it fast and loose with the truth), every American does not deserve equal access to health care.  To him, they are all customers who can be turned away if they cannot cough up the dough.

Rick Scott Likened Patients To Fast-Food Customers

In Maggie Mahar's book, Money Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, she wrote

"Scott also questioned whether hospitals should throw their doors open to one and all: 'Do we have an obligation to provide health care for everybody? Where do we draw the line? Is any fast-food restaurant obligated to feed everyone who shows up?' he asked."

Health care is not something that should only be available to those who can pay for it.  Yes, if a person has the luxury to pay out-of-pocket for procedures that are cost-prohibitive to others, they should do so.  But to deny anyone health care - as though they are violating a "no shirt, no shoes" policy - is violating common human decency and, frankly, is disgusting.

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