Dear All – I hope this finds you all well.
It is good to be back and I send many thank you’s to all those who sent wishes concerning my father’s passing. It was a great gift during that time so thank you.
Also while I was away some requests were made to have the blog include more FSPA stories – feel free to send your stories to me (email@example.com ) or Jane in communications (firstname.lastname@example.org) – our hope is to have the blog be a relection of the FSPA community and would love to hear from all FSPA member and affiliate readers!
I have just a simple action for all of you and a brief piece to read on health care. I am sure we are all sick of the debates and the drama surrounding this issue but it seems more important now than ever to be in touch with our congress people and encourage and even insist that the public option remain a piece of any legislation that is passed.
By public we mean an option that includes the poor and does not parade itself as public but has a price tag that denies accessibility. By public we mean a democratic solution within a democratic republic that tends to all of its citizens not just those obsessed with false notions of socialism. By public we mean a plan that treats heath care as a service and a right not investment package with options ranging from broken roller skates to Cadillac.
Talk to your Reps and Senators and encourage them to support legislation that takes into account both reforming the laws that give private companies options like “preexisting conditions” and includes a public option. Private insurance spokesman made the comment a few weeks ago that regardless of what Congress passes they plan to raise their rates by 111%. If insurance companies can be so bold in their messaging let us be bold too! Peace Liz
Monday 26 October 2009
Americans are mired in debate over which national health care reform plan would best serve their needs. On an individual level, Americans also face tough decisions on a regular basis when it comes to choosing private health insurance plans for themselves and their families.
We at Truthout don’t think health care should be so confusing. We believe it is a human right and should be available to everyone. We also believe the same level of care should be available across the board, regardless of ability to pay for treatment. What if the fire department decided to not send its newest equipment to a particular house because the homeowner didn’t have “Cadillac” insurance?
While we know that Anthony Weiner’s single payer bill (HR 676) will not pass this time around, we call on all members of Congress to support this approach since it is the only true solution to the health care crisis.
As the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) goes on estimating the percentages of Americans that will be covered by this bill or that bill, Weiner’s bill stands alone in its ethical simplicity: It will cover 100 percent of the people, no CBO guessing games needed.
For now, we call on Congress to pass a bill with a “robust public option.” We applaud the president and Congress for their consensus on key reforms, such as making it illegal to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and capping out-of-pocket expenses. At the same time, we urge them to prevent the insurance industry from passing those costs on to us in the form of higher premiums and co-pays. Only competition from a strong public option will control skyrocketing health costs.
Congress members have centered the health reform debate on the question of whether a bill will add to the national debt, rather than whether it will provide affordable, top-quality health care to everyone. It is time to treat health care as a right of all people and not a commodity to be bought and sold.