This is in reply to the suggestion by Marilyn Uchino (Refusing the vaccine should have consequences, Aug. 14) that those in the unvaccinated population be denied medical care/hospitalization if diagnosed with COVID.
First, a large percentage of those not vaccinated are deferring vs. refusing, awaiting a safe, true vaccine to be developed, often because of existing health issues.
Secondly, what about those who eat junk food? Should they be denied cardiac care, dialysis from resultant type 2 diabetes, knee replacement due to inflammation and/or obesity? How about those who engage is dangerous activities e.g. motorcycling, bicycling, rock climbing? Should they be refused neuro/orthopedic care in the event of an accident?
The list could go on ad nauseam but you get the idea (hopefully). I pay for medical insurance and expect medical care whether I’m vaccinated or not. Your suggestion is scary, and frankly, poorly thought out.