With conversation about health care reform swirling all around us… how are we supposed to keep up with it all? How and where can we voice our support?
For those who still mutter “bah humbug” when speaking of health care reform, know this:
* More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families.
* In the current economic crisis, even people with insurance are forgoing needed medical care, including prescription medications and doctor visits, because of inability to pay copayments and deductibles.
* People with insurance also report difficulty accessing care when they live in areas with high uninsurance rates, and physicians in these regions believe that they cannot make medical decisions in the best interest of their patients.
Not only do we all suffer the financial consequences of the uninsured and the underinsured, we quite possibly pay with our own health, when medical services and the number of physicians in our neighborhoods decline.
This is not a crisis created only in the hearts and minds of the “bleeding hearts.” It is not a democrat thing. This is not a problem only for illegals within our shores. This is no longer simply the plight of small percentage of our population. Like it or not, this has become a problem for all of us, and it’s going to take the involvement of all of us to get to a better place. The cost of inaction is too great.
“Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of health care this year, in this Administration.”
- President Barack Obama, White House Forum on Health Reform, 3/5/09