A main point that stuck out to me was when Farmer asked “why, then, are these premature deaths not the primary object of discussion and debate within our professional circles?” The premature deaths are referring to the poor who do not receive adequate health care and therefore die earlier than they would if they had access to health care. Two responses were provided to this question. One states that people don’t want to believe the conditions of the poor, so they just ignore the problem. This is not the right way to deal with poverty. If we don’t take action the problem will never get resolved. It is up to those “wealthy” (or at least those better off than the poor) to do something and not just ignore it. We have the statistics proving the government is not ignorant to what is going on in the world, but they chose to ignore it. The second response states that due to the wealthy being the ones in power, the needs and views of the poor will not be expressed. The poor need someone to speak up for them. The problem is, we can’t just take the poor off the street and put them in positions of power (although this would really make a statement). The government needs to stop ignoring the poor and actually do something about their situation, or at the least do something to provide better health care for them. The tiny acts of giving we see get them through for the time being, but some sort of long term resolutions needs to be put into action. The poor are people just like you and I and deserve the same basic human rights as us. No one should die from a curable disease, or as the passage puts it, a stupid death.
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