Don't Give Up On Health Care Reform
Original post made by jrm, Vista Grande Elementary School, on Feb 9, 2010
The recent headlines regarding Anthem's decision to raise rates up to 39% for individual policy holders is yet another example of why we must rise up as citizens and say enough is enough. I am an experienced healthcare executive with over 25 years experience both on the provider side and as a manufacturer of medical devices. I also worked for Anthem for a few years as a director in their disease management division. Unfortunately I was widowed years ago after my wife's lengthy battle with breast cancer and I saw firsthand how one can be faced with economic ruin simply because of random chronic illnesses that each of us can be faced with. If the reform opponents take anything away from this thread I hope it is this...the United States and South Africa are the ONLY 2 industrialized nations in the world that do not have cradle to grave government sponsored healthcare. The fortune 100 company I work for is global and we deal with single payor market dynamics as a regular course of doing business in all other countries. Do not give up, keep fighting, this overhaul is long overdue and simply must happen in the long run as the current status quo is not sustainable. The story on AOL today about the woman offering herself in marriage to obtain health care coverage as a spouse says it all. Folks, we are a better country than that and now is the time to take charge and reset the rules for the good of all of us.