Archive for October 27, 2009

Say It Ain’t So, Joe

We hear that Senator Lieberman is prepared to join Republicans to filibuster against health care reform if it includes a public option.  We can’t understand our Senator’s position.  

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is a Connecticut-based organization with over 30 Connecticut employees.  We have worked for decades to advance fair access to health coverage and care for residents of  Connecticut.  We have seen the painful ramifications when Medicare private plans came and went from Connecticut – leaving tremendous  financial and emotional costs in their wake.  In one case, a Medicare beneficiary died at a forum about a private Medicare plan that was leaving Connecticut!  We were there. 

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said when he announced Monday that the bill he will bring to the Senate floor will include a public option, “I’ve concluded … that the best way to move forward is to include a public option with the opt-out provision for states. .. The public option, with an opt-out, is the one that’s fair.” ( Read more here.)

The public option is necessary to provide fair access to quality health coverage at a price taxpayers can afford.  We know that from Medicare.  We know that in Connecticut.  We urge our Senator to rethink his position. 

October 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm 2 comments


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