“Do prisoners deserve all this free health care when so many of us struggle to pay for health insurance or, sadly, go without?”
Great question, doesn’t it? It makes you think and ponder about a whole lot of stuff that we take at face value in our society.
My first instinct is to say yes, of course they do. When I think about it a bit more I say that yes, they definitely do and here is my reason.
Why do people go to prison? For all sorts of reasons mainly to do with desperation. Most people in prison had it hard all their life and then society turns around and puts them in a cage rather than do something constructive to get those people out of the rut they are in.
Who are the main people who make up the prison population? Destitute, pushers, pimps, prostitutes, people so desperate who would rather be in jail than out in the world. Products of a society that has failed them big time.
If we don’t want to pay for prisoners’ health care, we should do something to prevent those people to end up in jail in the first place. As things are now prevention is very much at the bottom of any service’ s list either due to staff shortage, financial challenges or overwork, the services currently provided don’t even begin to seriously and constructively address the issue.
Deal with that and the enormous burden of medical care for prisoners will magically drop off.