I am writing in response to the Aug. 30 letter by Tom Hayson of Franklin Park. He writes that he believes health care is a luxury much like a swimming pool, new car, fancy house or having a maid. He states that if you want to have a longer, more comfortable life, then you should work hard and reprioritize your spending to purchase health care.
Well, Mr. Hayson, my fiance is 33 years old, we do not have a pool, new car, fancy house or a maid. He has worked since he was 16 years old and did indeed purchase health care. On July 12, 2008, he was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer. In the past year he has undergone several chemotherapy treatments, hospital stays and now radiation.
After exhausting all of his disability and FMLA leave, he was let go from his job and therefore lost health-care coverage. His total income now is $1,200 a month. His medical bills equal a minimum of $65,000 every three weeks in order to receive the necessary treatments to keep him alive.
I would love to hear any suggestion on how you feel we could cut some of our "luxury" expenses. Or perhaps we should consider the hope of him living to 34 a luxury as well.