It is a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking story that haunts me: A 14-year-old boy died of cancer on Sept. 10. His parents were charged with abuse in his death (“Santa Fe parents charged with abuse in teen son’s cancer death,” Sept. 15). I hear his parents are grieving their loss mightily.

In the ninth paragraph, not on the front page of the paper but on Page A-4, we read, “The boy had not seen a doctor in two years, his mother told the detective during an interview, because the family does not have insurance.” One has to ask, are we as a society not to blame as well? Aren’t we punishing or abusing a working family with no insurance? It does seem that this family heard the message the U.S. gives loud and clear to 37 million citizens: Only those with health insurance or plenty of money get health care. Others, be damned.

Diane F. Brown

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