Despite the failure of Idaho legislators enacting even minimal health care relief for thousands of uninsured poor and blue collar Idahoans this legislative term, I’d like to commend the Statesman for its efforts to bring this festering issue to the attention of the general public.
Having witnessed many of the most dramatic changes to the struggle for civil rights during the ’50s and ’60s, I’m aware of how hard it sometimes is to introduce new concepts to a reluctant power structure. I’m also aware, however, that unless a few fearless and outspoken individuals decide that they will no longer tolerate an intolerable status quo, the situation often can be perpetuated almost indefinitely.
Now, thanks to the efforts of many individuals and organizations over the past several months and years, I think the tide in Idaho is turning toward justice and parity for the once underdefended and voiceless poor and working poor who have been told repeatedly they are not worthy of the simple, essential benefit of decent health care.
I’d like to specifically thank Statesman contributor Bill Dentzer for his very insightful series on costs and benefits that an inclusive health care plan would bring to all players in Idaho.
Kent Taucer, Ontario