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The best part of the Affordable Care Act law is the expansion of Medicaid. Medicare, like Medicaid, is a public option, a government program that pays for health care directly. It is efficient and it is saving lives.-let's expand it for all.

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JL A (282)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 1:21 pm
Dear America: I hate to say "I told you so." But I told you so.

I said, waaaaaaay back in 2010, that anyone who wants Medicare coverage should be able to buy it. I was right. And I'm still right.

If you agree, then congratulations -- you're right, too.

Think about it: Has anyone ever complained about being canceled by Medicare? No.

Has anyone ever complained that the Medicare website crashed? No.

Has anyone ever complained that Medicare refused him coverage? No.

Has anyone ever complained that Medicare cut him off when his care got too expensive? No.

Has anyone ever whined that Medicare is socialism? Well, yes. In 1961, Ronald Reagan said that Medicare would bring on a socialist dictatorship. As if.

The real problem that we have is not that some website doesn't work. The real problem is not that Obamacare somehow is compelling employers to drop health coverage (because it's not). The real problem is not that some insurance companies are canceling some policies - when has that ever not happened?

Here are the real problems:

A lot of Americans can't afford health insurance.
In many areas of the country, the health insurance companies and the hospitals are monopolies or duopolies, and they control the market.
The health insurance companies charge as much as they can, they provide as little care as they can get away with, and they call the difference "profit." They have a conflict of interest with you. They make more money by denying you the care that you need to stay healthy, or even alive.

But there is a solution to these problems. In fact, some Americans have an excellent healthcare system, which is overwhelmingly popular. It provides care from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, and from sea to shining sea. It's cheap and efficient - 97% of the cost goes directly into providing care. We've invested billions of dollars to make it comprehensive and universal. You may have heard of this healthcare system -- it's called "Medicare."

And, weirdly, we open it only to seniors and the disabled. It's as if we were to say that the minimum age to drive on interstate highways were 65 years old. It's as if we were to say that only seniors could go to public school.

That's just nuts.

What would it cost for everyone else? I'm glad you asked. According to the experts, for full coverage, including the prescription drug benefit, Medicare would cost barely $100 a month for children, and less than $500 a month for people in their sixties. Which is much less than my coverage costs -- and, I would venture to say, probably yours, too (unless you're on it already).

Which is why, back in 2010, I introduced a simple, four-page bill, the 'Medicare You Can Buy Into Act.' The bill allows Americans to buy into Medicare at cost. If you want Medicare, and you pay for it, you've got it. Period. End of story.

I signed up more than 80 co-sponsors in the House, in two weeks.

Poll after poll found that a "public option" like this was very popular with the public, too. Politifact did a survey of surveys, and found that in 28 polls, the average result was 57 percent in favor, and 38 percent against - despite massive negative propaganda spewed out by the Chamber of Commerce.

Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act passed without a Medicare buy-in, or any public option. King Lieberman (D-Aetna) vetoed it. That kept private insurance companies exclusively in charge of health coverage for people under 65. We can all see how well that's turned out. These large and profitable corporations have cancelled policies and raised rates at will. They are demanding the power to continue to discriminate against women, to deny coverage to people with existing illnesses, and to pull the plug - literally - on anyone whose coverage becomes too expensive.

And is it really their fault? "No one can serve two masters." (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13.) We are asking the health insurance companies to serve two masters: patients, and profit. They can't do it. No one can.

But the health insurance companies have demonstrated that they are good at one thing - fooling voters. They spent $2 million against me in 2010 in the Great Democratic Apocalypse, and they got rid of me.

Temporarily. And now, I'm back.

So after I won reelection last year, one of the first bills that I introduced was that same old four-page bill, the 'Medicare You Can Buy Into Act' (H.R. 500). Because we need it. Me and you. We need it.

If we open up Medicare to everyone who can pay for it, private insurance premiums will drop, because health insurance companies with local monopolies will face much-needed competition. And, to compete, those companies will have to offer better policies -- policies with more comprehensive coverage, with a broader network, and better service.

Now that's what I call true health care reform. That's what I'm talking about.

We want a public option. We need a public option. And that public option already exists - we just need to open it up, to all Americans.

Here is our cheer: "I want Medicare. You want Medicare. We all want Medicare."

Let's make it happen. Sign the petition today:

It is never too late to do the right thing.

L'chaim - To Life,

Rep. Alan Grayson

"The greatest wealth is health." - Virgil

P.S. Since lobbyists own Washington, D.C., only a movement, a committed corps of can-do citizens, can achieve a public option. If you want to be part of that movement, then you need to demand a public option, and ask your friends, family and co-workers to do the same. Start by sharing this with your friends by e-mail, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Emma S (239)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 1:53 pm
Done! Thanks, JL.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:06 pm
Signed and shared in private email earlier today, noted. Thanks!

Animae C (513)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:38 pm
5,601 people have signed our petition

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:52 pm
S+S-thx JL

Nicole W (646)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:22 pm
ty JL

Mary T (357)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:55 pm
Thank You for Signing Our Petition! - thank you JL

Barb SiteIssues V (200)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 4:56 pm
Signed & noted, Thank you

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:15 pm
Signed and shared. Thanks JL

Angelika R (143)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:32 pm
signed from email, thx.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:46 pm
S & N, thanks, my friend. But we can sign 'til the cows come home, it won't happen until we get many more Dems in Congress.

Autumn S (151)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 6:13 pm
signed and noted, TY JL

Ed Site Issues V (197)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 7:18 pm
S&N, Thanks

Jerry B (128)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 9:11 pm
Noted and Signed..thanks JL.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 9:25 pm
Signed * Thank You JLA

Billie C (2)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 10:24 pm
to late you're stuck with obamacare the not working big fat mess that is a total give away to the insurance companies. now that they have it the insurance companies will never let it go. thanks obama and your gang of fools.

Ondine J (134)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 10:27 pm
Noted and signed, thanks

Robert Hardy (68)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 10:52 pm
It is time, it is time

Fran SiteIssues F (118)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:09 am
Noted and signed in support of Medicare for all. As Barbara said, we need many more Dems in Congress to make this happen. Thx, JL.

Michael A (28)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:44 am

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:07 am
Signed and Noted

Past Member (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:23 am
The American obsession regarding socialism is one I do not understand what is wrong with being sociable ?..Is it because they are incapable of understanding the difference between a socialist party and a communist party ?.I would rather live in a state run by a socialist party like the UK Labour Party than a right wing bunch of looney's like the Republican party or the right wing religious bigots like the Teabaggers.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:51 am
Noted and signed, thanks JL.

cecily w (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:42 am
I agree that there should be single-payer national health insurance, but instead of making program income SOLELY dependent on the contributions of workers and their employers, ADDITIONAL revenue should be raised through a federal sales tax on certain items.

. (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 6:43 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Jl.

Ben O (173)
Monday December 2, 2013, 7:29 am
Done. BTW; -In Sweden we've had affordable medicare for all for many years. No big deal...

Angelene B (148)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:36 am
site is down, will keep trying!

Billie C (2)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:46 am
dems gave obamacare why would you think they would give single payer? dems sold everybody out to the insurance companies.

JL A (282)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:48 am
Billie, states have the option for single payer under ACA and Vermont is doing it.

I just checked and the site was up Angie.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday December 2, 2013, 9:58 am
Noted & posted

Lisa AWAY N (206)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:34 pm
Thank You for Signing Our Petition!

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:36 pm
Already signed previously. Noted. Many thanks for posting, JL.

Kathleen R (138)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:55 pm
signed & noted

Dianne D (490)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:13 pm

Thomas P (280)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:32 pm
Noted and signed...thanks JL

Birgit W (160)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:36 pm

Glenville J Owen (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:58 pm
Out of their taxes Americans pay for police, fire, and military protection, so what's the problem with paying for health protection out of taxes also. It works here in the UK and also in several other countries.

reft h (66)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:25 pm

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 1:36 am
Signed and Noted

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 3:31 am

Jonathan H (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 4:17 am

Jonathan H (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 4:18 am

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 5:10 am

JL A (282)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 5:36 am
You are welcome June

Winn A (179)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 6:29 am

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 6:50 am
noted and signed

. (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 8:52 am

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 12:48 pm

Jane H (139)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 1:22 pm
signed Medicare is such a blessing.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 3:43 pm
Thanks J.L. A. Signed and sent.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 4:09 pm

If you think republicans are gnashing teeth and pulling hair now, wait till we try for Medicare for all. They will fall into a collapse of vapors. Signed with a smile.

Barbara V (51)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:02 pm
Just watch the Repugs. They will destroy Medicare and Social Security if they get the chance. they are just waiting to get their hands on them. We must vote them out--plus any Democrats who are turncoats.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 9:44 pm

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed. Thanks!
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