M E M O R A N D U M
Date: 04 August 2021
From: Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
To: The President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Subject: The Inconsistency and Inequality of Healthcare in America
Mr. President I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this correspondence. I believe that getting the COVID-19 vaccination is a civic responsibility. I believe personal liberties and rights must maintain a healthy balance as laws are implemented to ensure that one person’s life does not infringe upon another citizen’s pursuit of happiness.
My concern is regarding the federal government providing access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens to preserve the health of this nation. In order for a government and its legislature to properly implement laws, the implementation must be consistent, without situational bias or prejudice, and with a purpose that provides equal protection for all citizens at all times.
How can the federal government justify protecting the lives of its citizens at an individual level during a global pandemic, but not at times that are perceived as “normal”? Is one person’s life less important during “normal times” as opposed to during a pandemic? If this nation and its government are of the people, by the people, and for the people, how can we sit by and allow our fellow citizens to perish from this Earth with ailments that could have been cured with equal access to healthcare?
I do not believe in socialism as a political and economic structure because it is an enemy of healthy commerce and a citizen’s right to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I do however believe that there are basic human rights that should not be exploited for profit while those that are profited off of suffer or die. There are certain industries that impact basic human rights that should be regulated at a different level than those that provide non-life-supporting products and services. I do not believe that one citizen’s health should be a means and form of profit to another citizen or corporate entity. I do not believe that a nation’s healthcare or the quality of healthcare should be tied to employment because it forms a foundation of inequality among its citizen’s regarding a basic human right and necessity.
During the turn of the twentieth century, Teddy Roosevelt identified the toxicity of American capitalism while it was in its golden age. He made corrections by breaking up trusts that were exploiting American commerce and the quality of life of American workers.
As we move into the twenty-first century how can we as a nation allow a historical record of protecting American’s health during a global pandemic when it is politically advantageous. While we as a nation let our fellow citizens suffer or die alone with curable ailments while their families deal with that pain “during normal times” in this great nation.
If the success of our nation is measured by the greatest among us isn’t who we are and what we stand for as a nation measured by how we care for the least among us?
Michael J. Merritt