Right to easier health care

by Rachel Hersman

In response to the Letter to the Editor, âÄúNo right to health care,âÄù I would like to argue a different perspective. Currently, an astounding 27 percent of college-aged Americans go without health coverage. Further, over one in four young people âÄî young people who attend college âÄî go without coverage every day. However, some institutions, the University of Minnesota included, offer an excellent coverage option that is open to all students. Unlike many private insurance companies, this coverage does not deny students health care due to their pre-existing conditions. Who pays for this? Our student dollars. The health care system at the University of Minnesota, one of the top five largest publicly funded institutions, provides an example of an effective and efficient public health care option, which could be incorporated into a government public option. Minnesota already offers coverage for students in its public universities, a safety net for people who cannot afford health insurance and a program to help people already in debt. Quality of life should not be considered a privilege. Basic access to health care should not be considered a privilege. The debate should not focus on whether health care is right for Minnesotans but how we can make our access even easier. Rachel Hersman University graduate student