Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Open letter to Senator Lieberman

Dear Senator Lieberman,

As a Harvard Health Policy PhD and Jew, I am sad to hear that you are weakening health care reform.

As a Health Policy PhD, I refer you to my professors in the Harvard Health Policy program, who say the original Senate health care bill is the best available solution.

As a Jew, I remind you that the Rabbinic Sages teach us not to be like the men of Sodom who would say שלי שלי ושלך שלך "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours." The Sages taught that justifying inequality is not just negligence, but actually evil.

The present US system could be a model for Sodom: discounted prices to the rich/insured/healthy and inflated prices to the poor/sick/uninsured. Any solution that perpetuates inequalities between privileged/healthy and poor/sick perpetuates the health care system of Sodom.

Strong health care reform is a policy and Jewish imperative.

Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D. Health Policy, Harvard 2008
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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