“Forty-six million Americans are uninsured. More than 9 million of them are children. More than eight out of 10 are in working families.” http://covertheuninsured.org/the_issue
“About 45 million people in the U.S. lack health insurance … More than 20,000 adults die each year from lack of care because they are uninsured.” www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/7806.pdf
Why are people so outraged? If you have insurance, you get to keep it. The fear seems to be that if there was another option from what we have now, companies will drop their private insurance and go onto the cheaper public plan. I don’t think that is going to happen, companies will boast that they have private insurance and use it as a way to find new talent, the best talent. It would be a retention tool and rise the company to the top of the companies to work for.
I think the insurance companies are the ones that are screaming the loudest. We are talking about changing their bottom line here, it is all money based. What we are discussing is not money based, it is healthcare reform, good will for the citizens of our country.
I personally know the costs of health care. I take prescription pills, and I am about to go on COBRA. The last time I was on COBRA it cost me $400.00 a month. I am single and don’t have dependents. It is an exorbitant amount of money. Prescriptions are $25 a month. G-d forbid you have to take more than one pill a month, or it’s a hefty weight to bear. The costs are bankrupting the average family.
The uninsured go for their health care in the ER. The public at large, whether you have insurance or not, still pays for this. We as a country are paying huge amounts of money for a system that is broken.
Something has to give.
Hello Democrats? Get your sh*t together. We elected you in on your platform of CHANGE. The country expects you to CHANGE the system. You now walk a slippery slope to lose all your “political capital” that Howard Dean worked so hard to get. The Republicans and the Insurance Companies do not need your votes, push it through. Most people want healthcare reform. Just do it.
It should include comprehensive wellness care, and if you abuse your body then costs are higher. Health and wellness is in dire need for our country. Type II diabetes and child obesity is at its worst. For the first time, children are not expected to outlive their parents. http://www.cpbn.org/program/%5Bfield_episode_cpbi_program%5D/episode/childhood-obesity
Again, something has to give.