If there was one thing that I would like to accomplish related to the health care issue it would be to highlight the fact that having health insurance does not equal having decent, or even basic, health care. The Deseret News perpetuates the falsehood of equating the two:
The task force will begin the design phase of rebuilding a health care system that will ultimately ensure all Utahns have access to basic health care — nearly 300,000 Utahns don’t have insurance now.
Not having insurance is not the same as not having access to basic health care. The dangers of buying into this false association are illustrated later in these words:
Top on the list of priorities is getting everyone into the insurance pool, i.e., the chronically healthy to the chronically ill.
Is there anyone who has not heard the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Forcing the chronically healthy to get into the insurance pool is a case of fixing what “ain’t broke.”