One congressional Representative has no insurance—a physician who says that as soon as Congress goes without insurance for a while there will be real change.
Check out the story of why a Wisconsin Representative declined coverage, and how his grown children, who can’t afford their own coverage, have a different perspective without health care than the politicians who take good insurance for granted.
You know, the current talk in health care reform is to leave everybody’s insurance the way it is, but to add an extra choice for people who want something different…a competitive option for people who don’t have insurance, who don’t like what they have, or who can’t afford their choices? How much easier would life be for employers if they didn’t *have* to provide insurance? Doesn’t seem fair that you make far less than you would if your employer were free to just pay you for your work instead of paying you, plus your health benefits…
In the past 40 years we’ve gone from health *care* to health *insurance*. And we now have a huge industry that makes tons of money denying us the care we need. Why can’t we cut out that middle man?
Representative Kagen did.
Because, the insurance companies will destroy any legislator who supports, or worse yet, promotes, such an option. They have done it before.
Also the “middle man” has become such a large percent of our GDP that it can’t be cut out completely without economic consequences. However, it is now too much a part of our GDP and it is not economically sustainable at that rate and certainly not higher so it has to be brought under control, it is coercive. We can regulate it, start holding it to federal anti-trust laws, and provide a good public option to compete with it, ( something the insurance industry is lobbying their ass off against). When it’s market share decreases, as it will over time if the public option is a good as it should be, we can safely cut out that coercive, unethical, blight on the free market system known as the health insurance industry.
That’s what they’d do too if they had any balls.
I’ll read the article next. But I wanted to comment on that statement. I’m glad you raised the question. It was the first real question my mom finally raised. And I agree with you. But how easy would it be to say if you’re a small business, you don’t hae to provide. If you’re a big/medium business, you do. Which is already law now.
My problem is every one freaking out about a governement take over of the insurance industry. Which is NOT going to happen. They’re going to regulate it like they do the airlines. Because insurance companies aren’t regulated they pull all kinds of crap, like failing to mention no preventive health care coverage for the first six months. BS.
Thanks for the article.