The New York Times
Published May 18, 2013

To the Editor:

Re “The Long Shadow of Bad Credit” (May 12), which described how adverse credit reports or personal bankruptcies may be a main reason for the rejection of job applicants:

The article showed again how medical bills may be destroying Americans’ lives. In many countries with universal health care, you wouldn’t be denied a job or denied a home because of medical debts — because you wouldn’t have those debts in the first place.

President Obama’s health plan goes as far as it can, but given the opposition to anything approaching a single-payer system, many American lives are being ruined.

— Betty Joseph, Queens