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The President on Health Care Reform: “It’s not about Me”

“This isn’t about me. I have great health insurance, and so does every Member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings. This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment ? who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life. This is about the middle-class college graduate from Maryland whose health insurance expired when he changed jobs, and woke up from emergency surgery with $10,000 in debt. This is about every family, every business, and every taxpayer who continues to shoulder the burden of a problem that Washington has failed to solve for decades.”

– President Barack Obama, Press Conference, July 22, 2009

Health care reform is about the health of our country, both literally and figuratively.  It’s about the health of the people, and it’s about fiscal health. It’s about providing for people, not the insurance or pharmaceutical industries. And it’s about care, not just insurance. People aren’t cars, which might possibly have an accident. People get sick. Period. Not “might” get sick. Will. People need real health care, not just an insurance plan. The President knows this. Most of Congress knows this. So why are some fighting so vehemently against the truth?

 A Public Plan Will Work For You

Private insurers comprise a major for-profit industry. They serve their own interests and those of their stockholders before those of beneficiaries. First and foremost, insurers are in business to make a profit, not to take care of people. Their job is to calculate risks. Their goal is to maximize profits, which may conflict with providing health coverage. And they aren’t going to save the country money either, quite the contrary in fact. The cost of private Medicare has proven that.

Public coverage, on the other hand, saves taxpayers’ money. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund, a non-partisan health policy research group, indicates that including a public health insurance option similar to Medicare in any proposed reform would save almost two TRILLION dollars more than any reform that does not include a public option.

We need real health care reform.  With a public option and a standard set of benefits across all private and public plans, everyone will be better able to access coverage they can understand, at a price taxpayers can afford.  It’s about our health and our quality of life. It’s about all of us.

July 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm 3 comments


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