Healthcare Reform in the Name of Ted Kennedy

Bob Cesca over at Huffpo wrote a great piece entitled Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck

Naturally, without a beefy public health insurance plan, healthcare reform would be an utter disaster -- or worse. To refer to the public option as just a "sliver" of the bill, or to push for eliminating it altogether is almost as bad as having no reform at all. Journalists, writers and bloggers who I otherwise respect have been damning the public option with faint praise lately. Let's not sabotage healthcare reform with partisan ultimatums, they say. We can have a great bill without it, they say. - No, sirs. No we can't.

Lately, Dean has been talking about us seeing daylight on the bill - and maybe having a bill that can be a good starting point for reform. But how?

Let us not argue about it here. Instead, if you believe that real reform must include some form of government health service - like the tried and true systems of modern governments all over the world - then remember that the bill is in conference, and that the corrupt senators that have weakened the bill are going to have to make compromises.

And so lets throw our support for the house version of the bill, in the biggest way we can.  Contact your Congressman using the 'write to your representative' link here and/or you can contact your senator by clicking here and let them know you support real reform. Do it now, they're heading into conference committee as we speak.

Dean has gone on the record with serious, pointed objections. Make sure you understand the points and decide whether or not you agree. And then, really. Aren't we just talking about the philosophy of action?

And remember if the lobbyists wanted to kill reform they would first try to get a bill passed that looks roughly like the frankenstein's monster that came out of Max Baucus' mad science laboratory - the one with Lieberman's brains sewn into it and the stitched arms of lobbyists swinging on it. ... but for them to throw the switch and say "its alive" they will need the lightning of the people who really got the election of 2008 in motion and will actually be voting in 2010 and let your voice be heard. Call now!

Tags: final hour, healthcare reform, real reform (all tags)



Re: Healthcare Reform in the Name of Ted Kennedy

A recent poll shows the American public confused over the current package , that seems to lack real reform.

46% yes, 48% no. 09/1222/As-health-care-reform-bill-advan ces-public-support-slips

by Trey Rentz 2009-12-22 10:24AM | 0 recs
PS Why this issue is important to me

Just a footnote, why this issue is so important to me. In fact, its life or death.

I am the owner of a small business. My wife had a stroke at the age of 39, due to a congenitally malformed single cluster of bloodvessels. This caused her to be up-rated by the insurance companies in our state. One quote I remember well, for a family of four plus one employee - 1700.00 per month in premiums.  

She is insurable, but they just won't do it because they're so damned greedy.  And as a result, we're suffering now without preventative care or any other care. We haven't had insurance for over three years. Each day that goes by, I worry something might happen. A medical bill like her stroke (which cost me 45,000.00) will bankrupt us, and my small company.

We considered moving. In fact, we've actually sold our home (assuming the banks are going to let the deal go through today) and we're waiting to hear what will happen. She went to another country and got healthcare there.  The fees for healthcare are just so great, paying out of pocket - that we simply cannot stay.

And the irony of it all? I am doing research for the NIH right now - I have a great thesis and research project. I will have to move my family out of country and then return to do the research.
She's already spent 1 year out of the last two, away from the country - for other reasons but also because she could get healthcare there.

So. Anyway. All I want is the chance to be able to buy insurance at a good price and that for us means that means real reform instead of government mandated private insurance.

So. Thats my story. Thank you.

by Trey Rentz 2009-12-22 10:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Reform in the Name of Ted Kennedy

do you actually think that there is a chance in Hell of the final version being more like the House version than the Senate?

With Nelson saying he won't vote for anything different than the Senate version, and most Democrats saying that the Senate Bill is "good enough to pass"?

Nope, we are getting the Senate version for the most part.

by jeopardy 2009-12-22 10:54AM | 0 recs
Ted Kennedy

did everything he could to destroy Hillary Clinton in 2008.  The candidate who really caed about health care (not just passing any crap that could be declared victory) I have no fond memories left of him.  He helped usher in some of the worst legislation in education and health care ever.
No I am not get behind the house version with it's stupak/pitt sepsis amendment.

Al you are going to get with either of these versions is a bill where you will be forced to buy insurance, but it will be as high priced and the deductibles and co-pays will be so high you will not be able to use it.
I think we are all better off if we oppose any of this passing and hope they are forced to start again.

by TeresaInPa 2009-12-23 04:41AM | 0 recs


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