On Jan. 25, Navy SEALs rescued an American being held hostage by Somali pirates. Like all Americans, I was glad to see that when American lives are threatened by foreign governments, criminals, or terrorists, our military is there to protect us. President Obama said, “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”
Virtually all Americans agree that this was the right thing to do, and no one asked what it cost.
But when American lives are threatened by disease, conservatives oppose spending any taxpayer money to save them.
A 2009 study conducted at Harvard Medical School and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that 45,000 annual deaths were associated with lack of health insurance.
Only a select few people have the mental and physical toughness to be Navy SEALs, but we too can save American lives by supporting policies that give all Americans access to health care.