If you’re keeping half an ear open to the health care debate, here’s another article: Health Care Reform Protesters Have Their Head in the Sand.
Protesters to the health care reform bill have been quite vocal and nasty in their attacks, I think. Why don’t they realize, that the new bill is not going to take what they already have. If they are happy with the crappy system already in place, they can keep it. No one said that everyone has to go on the public health plan. At least as I understand it, right? Let me know if I’m wrong about this.
I think the Obama administration has tried to please both sides with their plan; as the side that are already happy with the way things are can keep what they have, why are they so against allowing the ones who are drowning in the present system the option to go on the public plan?
I saw one comment that said that they didn’t “know why we even need health care reform. 85% of Americans are insured. Since when does the need of the few outweigh the needs of the many?” I don’t know if the percentage quoted is right or wrong or where they got the numbers from, but I really think that there are far more than 15% of the population who are in need of health care reform whether they have insurance or not.
I have insurance so I guess I am in the majority of Americans. But the thing is, my insurance sucks! It costs too much and we are not getting the care we pay for or deserve for living in a first world country. While we put the kid’s health first, my husband and I have skipped on our own health care because we know we can’t afford to pay for the additional fees not covered by our insurance. I know we’re gambling with our health. We’re taking the risk that we’ll stay healthy because we can’t afford to go to the doctor every time we have a new ache or pain. We chuck it to getting older.
I don’t think we are unique. There are a lot of people out there. Working, productive people who skimp on their health care because it just costs too much, even with insurance. I’ve heard of people skipping their medication or cutting their pills in half because it costs too much! Why can’t the people who ‘have’ see that? I think there are a lot of people who need to open their eyes and look beyond their cushy and comfortable lives. There really are people out here who have to make risky choices regarding their lives and would appreciate some support wherever they can get it. If the Obama administration is giving that hope, then we’re hopping on the wagon.
And for those who insist on this being a party issue, they really need to get beyond that. As much as I didn’t like George Bush, if he had come up with a plan to ease this burden from our family and most working class families, I would have been on his wagon too.