To read David C. Wilcox's July 5 letter about “Obamacare,” one would think that the U.S. Constitution consists entirely of the common third-grade retort, “It's a free country — I can do what I want!” Yes, America was founded upon the principle of liberty — and of justice, rights, responsibilities, equal opportunity and compassion for one's fellow humanity.
I was raised in La Cañada, and am grateful for the many benefits that growing up in such a place provided (including a wonderful school system in which I learned the importance of nuanced thinking on complex issues). But La Cañada is also sometimes criticized by its less-affluent neighbors as being a “bubble,” where the concerns of the common folk on the outside are often disregarded.
This kind of thinking was on display in Mr. Wilcox's letter. I am genuinely glad that his “top-notch insurance” helped him to survive so many dire health situations. I also think there is something right and just to hope that those less-wealthy citizens who cannot afford gold-plated insurance plans would have access to some kind of insurance.