© copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert
On February 3, 2007, I expressed my distress in an exposé titled, Texas Mandates STD Vaccination for Elementary Age Schoolgirls. In my writing I discussed the executive order imposed by Texas Governor Rick Perry. This Christian conservative concluded young schoolgirls, ages eleven and twelve, must be inoculated against cervical cancer. A series, of three shots, each costing $120 would be required. The consumer would be forced to pay for this state-imposed immunization. Actually, the child would not, or could not possibly purchase such services. Parents would bear the financial burden. The young girls might carry another costly load. Drugs have side effects. The more effective Pap Smears do not. Nonetheless, profits are on the line. I know, you thought saving lives was the greater concern.
Currently, in 2006, sixty-one  percent of American firms offer health care benefits. Only a year ago sixty-nine  percent offered such prized perks. However, as health care costs increase employers forego providing this “luxury.” Since 2000, premiums have increased eighty-seven percent; wages twenty percent. Employers are only willing or able to extend themselves so far. Corporate executives say something has to give; they have concluded it can no longer be them. Thus, more and more individual citizens are seeking health care coverage and finding they cannot afford it.
Granted, observers of the Garfield collection can view the three pieces of spine removed from the body of the James Garfield. They can evaluate the placement and path of the red plastic probe, which represents the pellet that pierced the body of the President. All while onlookers are asked reflect upon what was not known on July 2, 1881, the day Charles Julius Guiteau shot the late President. It is hoped that they realize that if the same occurred today, the President would have lived. According to a professor of surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a medical historian, Dr. Ira Rutkow, “Garfield had such a non-lethal wound. In today’s world, he would have gone home in a matter of two or three days.” I inquire, would he?