Just like Kanye West chanted “we want pre-nup” in ‘Gold-digger’, I am chanting and we should all be chanting “we want health care reform!”
President Obama won the general elections and when he won one of the things that we Americans voted for was health care. Like President Obama has rightfully said, “we won”. Why would Congress have the impudence to not vote and pass President Obama’s health care reform bill? Well, I don’t care what congress’ political reasons are, “I want health care reform!”
I am willing to organize family, friends and neighbors, call members of Congress and the Senate and cajole and pressure our elected officials so they do what the ‘people’ want. I hope you’re ready to organize and make calls as well.
Here is why we need health care reform. Simply put families need to be able to get the care they need, from a physician of their choice, at a price they can afford.
Many families’ wages have been stagnant for years and our budgets have been undermined by the rising cost of living and health care. We have a dysfunctional and unsustainable health insurance system and families need Congressional action to assure quality and affordable care. We wanted health care reform twenty years ago; today we NEED it desperately!
Excessively high health care costs are a drag on our economic recovery since working families are putting more and more money into health care instead of buying things from retailers or what have you and helping the economy.
Hard working people like me and you are falling further and further behind in bills and too many people have filed for bankruptcy just because they got sick. It is sick that the number one reason for personal bankruptcy in the United States is a major health care crisis. That is ridiculous and inexcusable; this is THE United States of America – the greatest country in the world – shouldn’t we have health care for all our citizens?
At the same time small businesses and companies that provide satisfactory employee health care benefits are at a severe economical disadvantage against companies that do not provide adequate coverage to their employees and that’s not right; companies doing the right thing should not be penalized financially.
Our current system is utterly unaffordable. Health care costs Americans $2.3 TRILLION a year and 50 million people aren’t even covered. Lower health care costs will help to expand access to more people and at the same time take some financial pressure off even those of us with insurance.
Health care providers have to also do their part to eliminate the imbalance in health care and all employers must be required to pay their fair share.
Changing the way we pay for health care must also be a part of the solution. We cannot continue to pay for expensive technology and treatments that have no evidence of effectiveness. Health care providers should be compensated for the quality – and not the quantity – of health care they deliver.
We must streamline and modernize the way we access medical records and eliminate inefficiencies and flaws in the system that cost money and cost lives.
Despite protests by those who offer NO solutions, it is clear that our government must have a role in controlling costs and regulating private insurance. We need a quality public insurance plan option that will end the dominance and price gouging of private insurers.
I am demanding it. The public is demanding it. 76% of Americans are demanding a quality public health care option and WE must be prepared to fight Congress to get it.
I hope you’re ready to fight!