But, I can’t take the credit for sourcing this segment of the bill. Move On has put together a position paper that debunks most of the sound bites that have been surfacing via extreme conservatism in many town hall meetings. An important piece, so I hope you’ll click through to MoveOn.org
What disturbs me most is that people seem to be outraged thinking they won’t have a choice over their health care provider. As a small business owner, I currently don’t have much choice. I had to go to the provider who would insure me, a 50-year old woman. My mother didn’t have much of a choice — she had to go to a provider who would take her on with Type 2 diabetes. I have friends who are uninsured. They really have a problem because they can’t afford healthcare at any level. That is what the problem is…NOT which provider will I use, but can I afford ANY healthcare.
The far right don’t seem to give a hoot about the uninsured. But if you can barely afford to pay the mortgage or the rent, how can you afford medical coverage? And if you or your kids are chronically ill or debilatated by disease, how can you be a productive member of society? So, for a few minutes, if you are one of the lucky insured, think about what happens when you are laid off and go onto COBRA — paying $1000/month to cover your family’s health care, and then, your 18 months are up and your choice is to continue with HIPPA, which will be more than that $1000/month, while you’ve already seen your life savings evaporate because you seriously can’t get a job, with your college education, 15 years of work experience and stellar references. There are literally thousands of people who fit this scenario, in addition to the working poor who are earning too much to get onto Medicare.
All I’m saying, is think about it.