This is a letter I'm sending to all my Congressional Representatives, about HR 676, a bill designed to create a single-payer health care system. When you cut through the crap, or you deal with insurance as much as I have through the years, you realize that insurance companies profit by denying people health care coverage. My son has a disability. I don't blog on it often, and it's noneofyourdamnbusiness what it is, thankyouverymuch. However, I have dealt with private, for profit insurance for its treatment, and I've dealt with non-profit, and let me tell you: ALL health care ought to be like the non-profit was. The non-profit place was only interested in my son's well-being, and what course of treatment would suit him best. Please note, I'm also not saying that it's wrong to make money, but you ought not make it by denying people necessary care. We took him to the non-profit after we couldn't get insurance and the doctor's office to play nicely together. Apparently the insurance company (a LARGE, nationally well-known insurance company too, I might add - we have excellent coverage) promised to pay the doctor and didn't, quite often. Said treatment was more than we could afford out of pocket - and isn't that what insurance is supposed to be for?) That scenario happens more often than you healthy people would think. Anyway, this is one of the many, many reasons I support single-payer health care, and I urge you all to write your Congressional members - House and Senate - to rally support for this much-needed reform. People are losing their jobs, and losing their health care. COBRA often takes up a person's entire unemployment check - it's not really viable for many families to buy indefinitely, unless they want to eat into their savings.
Dear Senator ________,
I am writing to urge you to support HR 676, which will create a single-payer health care system and guarantee healthcare for all US citizens. Today, one in six Americans has NO health care at all - no insurance. Tens of millions of others are underinsured and do not seek care or treatment unless it is a dire emergency. This in turn, drives up the cost of healthcare - those with insurance are paying higher premiums to cover those patients whose accounts have gone into collection, or who sought ER treatment because they couldn't be turned down there, when preventative medicine would have been much more cost effective to begin with.
If we as a nation are truly committed to "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" we must institute a single-payer health care system. No one who has lost their health can effectively exercise their liberties or pursue happiness - at -best - and at worst, they may lose their lives. Please, Senator - vote for HR 676. Don't listen to the lobbyists. Listen to your people. Thank you for your time and consideration,