We've been sitting through the rabid distortions and outright lies about what's being proposed to fix our health care system. But what's most infuriating is that the majority of opponents who snarl about "socialized medicine" and "government control of health care" are obviously senior citizens (as am I) who enjoy good Medicare and prescription drug coverage funded by American taxpayers. If they truly believe that our government should not be involved in health care they should turn in their Medicare and Part D cards and try to buy coverage on the open market. (They would fail, of course, because no private insurer would accept them.)
America can't continue with our present fractured health insurance system which rewards insurers for avoiding risk, accepting only the most healthy. Federal law must assure health coverage to all Americans, and require private insurers to accept everyone who applies without discriminatory rates for pre-existing medical conditions. That's what federal health reform proposes. I really appreciate the efforts of our congressman, Jerry McNerney, who has stood up for these reforms notwithstanding the distortions and lies.
Be concerned about leaving debt for children
Paula Boyd ended her Aug. 21 Letter to the Editor about healthcare reform with a non-sequitur, "Jerry McNerney is, once again, proving to care for our kids." I'm not sure how McNerney is caring for our kids, as he's one of the Democrats who voted in favor of President Obama's "stimulus" bill. Just today we were told that the Obama administration's 10-year budget deficit projection is being raised by $2 trillion, from roughly $7 trillion to approximately $9 trillion.
If Boyd recalls, at the time that we were being told Obama's economic agenda had to be rushed through Congress, the Democrats, including McNerney, insisted that the third party estimates of a $9 trillion deficit were wrong and opposition to the bill was nothing more than Republican fear mongering.
So now we have McNerney and the rest of his party once more telling us that we have to support legislation (that few Democrats have bothered to read) that will cost us many more billions (or even trillions) and we shouldn't question the Democrats' rosy predictions.
Sorry, Ms. Boyd, but if you care about the children, you should be most concerned about massive debt McNerney and his Democratic party are leaving for today's children to pay. She may also want to consider the pattern the Democrats have of pushing through legislation that is half baked, trying to shut down any public debate. Note, please, McNerney resorted to a telephone town hall, rather than an in-person one, to avoid having to face his constituents.
It's time to debate, not scream insults
Fear is a powerful motivator. Until people stop fearing change, they will continue to fight against it. The moral issue is when those who know better, inspire fear in those who don't know the truth. To add insult to injury, those who know better are the Health Insurance Industry. The truth is: SEC filings show that between the year 2000 and the year 2007, profit of the country's 10 largest health insurance companies rose 428 percent. In 2000, they had $2.4 billion in profit. By 2007, it was $12.9 billion. At the same time, millions of Americans who got serious illnesses were dropped from those same Health Insurance companies and the number of Americans without health insurance grew by 19 percent.
The sad news is that we finally have an opportunity to publicly debate health care reform, and those efforts to have a dialogue are being drowned out by misinformed zealots who do not know the truth about the proposals being discussed. Instead of joining our elected officials in a reasoned discussion, they yell and scream insults. All they know is that they fear change, even if it means a more equitable and humane solution to health care for all Americans.
Let's reform current system
I left Canada as I was going in the medical field and came to the USA as it has the best medicine in the world. I have relatives and friends in Canada, who tell me the following:
1. You wait in line for care.
2. There is a lack of equipment. For example my niece has seizures and was given an EEG, which went out in the l940s. She needed an MRI.
3. There is a lack of doctors, especially specialists. Many left for the US. Many Eastern cities have no doctors and residents come to the U.S. for care.
4. Preventative medicine is lacking.
5. The only ones that like National Health have never been seriously ill.
Let us reform our current system; for example: no phony malpractice suits, no Rx for illegal immigrants, costing us billions. These are just a couple of suggestions; there is plenty that can be done. Obama Health Care is a disaster and will kill both people and our economy.
Mrs. S.C. Thompson
We all deserve healthcare
America is about choices. Everyone deserves access to high quality and affordable healthcare. The current healthcare reform legislation provides choices for everyone. If you like your current plan and doctor, you will be able to keep it. However, reform is not about having health insurance; it is about having access to quality healthcare. For Americans without insurance, this is currently not an option. Every American citizen deserves healthcare. We need the public option to provide this basic right to citizens. The status quo is un-American and cannot be sustained.
I recently participated in a town hall on the phone with U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney and filled-out a survey in June on his Web site. I thank McNerney for reaching out to hear our ideas and supporting healthcare reform.