Monday, September 21, 2009

What bugs you about the health care reform bill in the U.S. Senate?

Listen up.

If you have a question about health care reform nagging at you, please let me know today.

Tomorrow, I get to play in the big leagues again (albeit briefly). U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s office is conducting a telephone round table with a handful of elderbloggers. The ball started rolling when his staff talked with Ronni Bennett, who writes the Time Goes By blog. She included me on the list of friendly cranks who would like to know more about the current bill to share with our readers.

Check out the bill (writ easy) with a click here.

So, tell me what’s bugging you about the health care reform bill in the Senate and I’ll try to get a word in edgewise during the conference call tomorrow morning.

Hurry. This might be the best shot we get.


Anonymous said...

George: I want a public option for people in need.

I'm speaking as a former hospital chaplain who has seen tragedies unfold because people didn't
have insurance. For children of any nation to die for a lack of available health care is unconscionable, but for a child to die in the USA, the richest nation in the world, is unforgivable.

--Include a public option so parents can take their child to the doctor before an asthma attack kills them.

--Include a public option so a staph infection doesn't kill someone's mother because she remains at home without a proper diagnosis.

--Include a public option so that pandemics can be contained because the poor can get immunized.

--Include a public option because preventive medicine is cheaper than
medicine administered after the illness has progressed to a critical state.

--Include a public option because it is the right thing to do, the moral thing to do.

--Include a public option because it is a matter of equity (Read the Old Testament prophet Isaiah) and because it is a matter of mercy (Read the New Testament...the letters in Red.)

Take your pick for the reason, but whatever you choose, include a public option.


Anonymous said...

It appears that lobbyists have prevailed, winning a massive boondoggle for insurance giants in the form of mandated individual coverage with no public option.

Is there any hope left, or are we doomed to wildly powerful middle-men leeching away a third of the nation's health care dollars?


Anonymous said...

Without a public option the whole idea of "health care reform" is a slogan and nothing more.

And why mandate health care and offer some misdirected tax rebate? As anyone who works for minimum wage knows, there ain't enough money left over after rent, utilities, car payments/insurance, gas, food etc. to spend on anything else.

And, if they don't buy into mandated health care they will be fined. Great! Let's build more jails.

So, I ask this simple question. What's wrong with Medicare? Make it universal.

I'm afraid that the whole thing is going to serve the lobbyists who have own the House and Senate. Bought and paid for at the expense of...

Oh, to hell with it. The more things change the more they stay the same. --Ira

JohnSBoles said...

The public option is the only real change ever considered. Without it there is no reform of consequence. Why is it not more reasonable, even conservative, to allow sick people to see a doctor than to have dying people show up in the emergency room?

sph said...

The conservative member of my household wants to know about tort reform. What changes can be made to prevent unwarranted and excessive lawsuits that cause the doctors to pay exhorbitant insurance premiums.

Not my question.

I just want them to know about the new enrollees at the food bank (who now are most commonly two working parents with children) who have to chose between medication/treatment or food.

Thanks for throwing this open to us. Just knowing someone like you is included in the discussion is reassuring.

Anonymous said...

It seems the "public option?" important in allowing people to shop for the best deal they can find: their price range, converage etc. With health insurance premiums having risen by 131 percent since '79 why is there such a concern about the private companies...seems they have milked us dry by now. Bill

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