Thursday, February 4, 2010

Health Care Reform’s Public Option Still Possible

Throughout the entire last year of health care debates, the GOP has done everything in its power to kill the reform that this country needs. In The New England Journal of Medicine, Robert Steinbrook, MD wrote on November 18th 2009 that health care interests spent between January and September 2009 spent $396.2 million lobbying Congress and federal agencies according to the federal data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. You can bet your ass they weren’t fighting for the public option.

The public option is the only thing that will create the kind of competition needed to bring these private for profit only insurance companies back down to earth. Without it, they win and everyone else loses, including the teatards who have fought so hard against their own best interests. The GOP has fueled the lies all along about reform such as the death panels, rationing, age discrimination, and an entire gamut of other bullshit in order to block this reform from passing.

It’s sickening how playing politics and pandering to special interests is more important than doing what is right by the American people. Well, yesterday 120 House Democrats sent a letter to the Senate urging them to use reconciliation to pass healthcare reform that includes the public option, and I for one hope they do. It could be the only chance to get this thing done, and done right.

On the Plum Line, Greg Sargent's Blog reported on 1/29/10 that “GOP Senator Orrin Hatch is now warning that if the Dems pass health care reform via reconciliation it will lead to a permanent “war” between the two parties.” Like there isn’t a permanent war going on now! They have fought against everything that has come from Obama administration and they are not likely to change that either way.

Greg Sargent goes on to list 7 different GOP bills Hatch voted “for” that were passed using the same process of reconciliation he’s now claiming that if the Dems do with health care reform it will be war. Typical hypocrite, do as I say, not as I do. Well what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and the choice of a public option will be the best thing for everyone.

The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not provide for the health of its people, or offer some kind of public coverage. Most of them consider making a profit of the lives of the people a disgrace, and they would be right. When health insurance companies make billions while their customers go without care because of denied coverage or pre-existing conditions, go bankrupt because of cap limits, or even die, there is something seriously wrong with the way things are being done.

I for one am done with the status quo; people’s lives and livelihoods should come before exorbitant corporate profits. I worked as a Medic and Nurse for years and the healthcare horror stories that people have been telling for the last year are true, and then some. And if anyone of you thinks it can’t happen to you, you’re dead wrong.

Call your Senators, urge them to go for it, give us real reform that includes a public option!

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