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What does Health Care Reform mean to you?

What does Health Care Reform mean to you?

Hardly a day passes when the topic of health care reform does not make the news. Clearly many of us want major reform and we are tired of waiting, but what is it, exactly, that we want?

At one end of the spectrum, there are those who believe that our health care system is adequate and that the free-market will naturally adjust for any minor flaws. Small comfort if you are currently uninsured, or if you happen to live with a chronic illness. More than 46 million uninsured and millions more underinsured tells a tale, if one is willing to listen.

At the other end is a single-payer system as proposed by the 110th Congress, the United States National Health Insurance Act (or the expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act – HR 676 would provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents. Sometimes branded as “socialism,” the bill was reintroduced in the House on January 26, 2009 and has 72 co-sponsors in the 111th Congress as of this writing. Justified or not, the thought of universal health care instills a certain amount of fear in a lot of people.

Assuming that the status quo is not an option and that opposition to universal health care will keep it stalled for the time being, SOMETHING has to be done to  improve affordability and access to health care for all.

Why are there so many uninsured in the first place? Do they simply choose not to elect coverage? Or is it the escalating cost of basic health care, co-pays, and deductibles… maybe the fact that group coverage is tied to employment… the cost of COBRA coverage… denial of insurance due to pre-existing conditions… states that lack high-risk pools… Sometimes it’s just a snowball effect. Lose the job, lose the insurance and come face-to-face with unaffordable COBRA or individual coverage. 

Who are the under-insured? Some have only catastrophic coverage. Some have premiums and deductibles so high that they can’t afford to use it. Generally they are the folks who have health problems that go untreated.

These are all aspects of our health care system that need to be addressed. If not with a single-payer system, then with some reasonable alternatives for those who are falling through the cracks of the current system. The division between the health care haves and the health care have-nots is widening… and that can’t be a good thing. 

Please take a moment to answer the poll below: Should the United States move toward a single-payer system?

If your answer is no, please tell us how you believe these problems should be addressed, if at all. What does health care reform mean to you?

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10:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2009

Martin Luther King said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane."

Only a single-payer approach to healthcare reform will END THE INHUMANITY OF OUR FAILED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE SYSTEM, WHERE PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PATIENTS’ HEALTH.

Only a single-payer approach will end the current disgraceful practice of insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment, denying claims, and engaging in rampant price gouging that discourages patients from going to the doctor and has resulted in 50 million Americans without healthcare and 87 million Americans without health insurance at some point in the past 2 years.

HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act (in the House), and S 703, The American Health Security Act (in the Senate) would ensure that every American, regardless of income, employment status, or race, has access to quality, affordable health care services.

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor HR676.

Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S 703.

For more information on both bills:
http://www.healthcare-now.org/2009/04/on-s-703-the-american-health-security-act/
http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/

10:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2009

Martin Luther King said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane."

Only a single-payer approach to healthcare reform will END THE INHUMANITY OF OUR FAILED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE SYSTEM, WHERE PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PATIENTS’ HEALTH.

Only a single-payer approach will end the current disgraceful practice of insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment, denying claims, and engaging in rampant price gouging that discourages patients from going to the doctor and has resulted in 50 million Americans without healthcare and 87 million Americans without health insurance at some point in the past 2 years.

HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act (in the House), and S 703, The American Health Security Act (in the Senate) would ensure that every American, regardless of income, employment status, or race, has access to quality, affordable health care services.

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor HR676.

Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S 703.

For more information on both bills:
http://www.healthcare-now.org/2009/04/on-s-703-the-american-health-security-act/
http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/

6:57PM PDT on Apr 2, 2009

I am self employed and live on less than $6000 a year. I don't qualify for medicare coverage till I'm 62.I'm now 60. When I can start recieving social securty, accourding to my present data, I'll be getting slightly more than $500. a month. Why? I've worked either at low paying jobs, was self employed part time and was a stay-at-home-mom. That's unpaid work that the rest of the work force depends on so they can go out a do what they need to do.Anybody who thinks low income people are in that position because they don't work hard enough aught to be dumped off in the real world for about 5 years with no access to credet cards, decent affordable housing, dependable cars or anything else the middle class takes forgranted. And Barbara Ehrenreich book, 'Nickle and Dimed' is required reading.As far as'socialism' goes, well here's a news flash for the Rabid Right.The kind of socialism they're so worried about is already here for the low income, only it's corporate run top down capitalism that calls its self 'free market' enterprise. And that is what has to change.And it will.The world is a big place and there's room enough for lots of different solutions, some more suited to big enterprises, but not when they monoplolize things and put small town stores out of business and refuse to pay a living wage.So yes, we need Universal coverage, plus options for alternative health care. So who cares what the Republicans think? They know nothing, and care even less.

4:48PM PDT on Apr 1, 2009

Because I quit my job I am not entitled to Cobra insurance. Regular medical insurance will cost me almost $500 a mth. That's just for me....how can a family with kids afford health insurance? Costs for health insurance have been skyrocketing and out of control. The United States falls below in offering the population affordable medical benefits thanks to all to greedy profit health insurance carriers....Time for Change!

4:48PM PDT on Apr 1, 2009

Because I quit my job I am not entitled to Cobra insurance. Regular medical insurance will cost me almost $500 a mth. That's just for me....how can a family with kids afford health insurance? Costs for health insurance have been skyrocketing and out of control. The United States falls below in offering the population affordable medical benefits thanks to all to greedy profit health insurance carriers....Time for Change!

5:35AM PDT on Apr 1, 2009

It disgusts me that Christian Republicans (and I am one so I feel I can say this openly and without bias) do not feel that health care is a moral issue. People need to look up and down their streets and ask Why is it OK for Jane and John Doe not to have health insurance? Why do so many people go into bankruptcy because they get sick? And why should Jim pay $50 for his Lipitor but Joyce only pays $20? Oh, but wait...Joyce is now unemployed and if she wants her medicine she'll now have to pay $115! Employment tied to health care makes zero sense.

5:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2009

All I know is I have auto-immune diseases that can't be treated because I can't afford health insurance nor can I work, nor can I get on any kind of disability because my husband makes 50.00 over the limit and I was a SAHM so not enough credits paid in for myself.

When I hear of my friends in Canada and other European countries getting joint replacements for no out of pocket expense and good medical care I am livid that this country of ours continues to be run by Big Business and is now Plutocratic.

We don't care about health in this country. It's all about consumerism and making sure the word "socialism" is kept under wraps. Wake up, people!!!

10:22AM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

please sign my petition so conservadems don't hand control of health care to republican!

www.thepetitionsite.com/1/conservadems-you-should-be-replaced

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