In the nearly 32 years that I have lived in Utah, I have met a number of our state senators and representatives. Most seemed to be good, decent people.
I presume that if any one of them was walking in his or her district and saw a constituent lying in the street in obvious need of medical care, they would do something to help without considering the political implications of their actions.
As individuals, they would not keep on walking and let the person suffer or die. As a group, that is exactly what they are doing. Why is this happening?
I believe that one reason is that the 100,000-plus Utahns without health insurance are "out of sight, out of mind" to most of our legislators. They endure illness and death privately, without disturbing the daily routines of their senator or representative.
There is no greater purpose for those who serve in our Capitol than to save the lives of Utah citizens. How many of the uninsured will die between now and the opening of the next legislative session? Even if it is only one Utahn, and the research data indicates that it will be more, it is too many because it was preventable.
Aharon D. Shulimson
Salt Lake City
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