First of all, let me say...If you are NOT educating yourself on this topic, or at least paying attention somewhat to it in the news, then SHAME ON YOU!
This is a very important issue that affects all of your lives! I can't believe that there are so many of you out there who have absolutely no opinion on this...or even a clue that this is being debated right now in Washington.
OPEN YOUR EARS, Y'ALL!
Having said that, personally, I believe that we NEED to see healthcare reformed from its current state, and there absolutely needs to be a public option available.
Let me tell you how I formed my opinion...
My aunt, who is in her 60s, was diagnosed with cancer that has spread to her bone. She is currently on Medicare (which is governmentally run), with insurance in which all of the costs are covered through AARP. She is actually doing very well right now, as she has received great care.
There was never a moment when she was threatened to be thrown out of the hospital early, and not once was it brought up that her treatment would have to be stopped. In fact, she was only released from the hospital when my uncle decided that it was time.
And the best part...She will not have any out-of-pocket costs to pay.
ON THE OTHER HAND...
Through my work, I have health insurance with a private company, a PPO through a company that has a reputation of being very, very good.
However, a few months ago, a co-worker friend of mine had a little accident causing her to get a big cut that became infected.
She called the insurance company SO MANY times to get this straightened out. She had to fill out a ton of paperwork, and after all of that she still ended up paying around $650 for one simple visit to the emergency room.
Our insurance company told her they would NOT pay for this because she didn't call them before going in to the hospital.
What a crock of sh*t!
So, what's your point Paul? Well...I am saying that maybe it's not such a bad thing if our federal government runs a program to supply health care to those who currently don't have health insurance. (They seem to be doing an OK job with our Medicare system...)
I mean...there are many details that have to be ironed out, which congress is currently doing, but for the Insurance companies and their lobbyists to tell us that a public healthcare option would be bad is NONSENSE.
IN FACT...if the actual insurance companies are telling us that a public option is not good, then that just says to me that we SHOULD have one!
I'm tired of these insurance companies claiming to be there for us, but in actuality are only in it for the money.
But...this is just my humble opinion.