Why A Public Health Option?

Jul 17, 2009 by

Because I have been priced out of the private health care system.

Because I’ll get tagged as having a pre-existing condition.

Because I have repeatedly opted to ignore medical problems rather than seek treatment.

Because even if I did want to seek medical treatment, I can’t even determine what the cost will be before I go into the office.

Because there is no restraint on costs in the private health care system — medical care providers can charge whatever they want.

Imagine going to the grocery store, having limited resources, and not knowing if your bill will be $100 or $1000 at checkout. You probably wouldn’t go to the store very much after getting burned a couple of times, and you might just starve to death.

What the private health insurance industry has done is unconscionable.

And as Barack Obama said, “If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care, if they tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government — which they say can’t run anything — suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical.”

That’s why we need a public health option.

The above is taken from an email I received earlier today. The writer chooses t remain anonymous but has given kind permission to share it. It says more simply and directly what I was writing on the subject. I currently cannot afford health insurance, and have not-so-fond memories of how long it took me to pay off one unexpected bout of kidney stones.

We need a public option. Period.

-Loki, HumidCity Founder and Curator

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