Monday, November 30, 2009

Here's where I'm at now with this Health Care situation.

I am a member of the Freelancers Union, as a self employed person, without them there would be no way i could afford Health Insurance for myself and family. They have been very good on several levels, including fighting upstate and downtown to get the insane taxes on independent workers reduced significantly. But this past week i received news that my insurance rate will go up some TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT! It's not their fault, it's BlueCross/Blue Shield. We need to start over on this issue and not pass anything on the table now that these politicians are compromising away on to the Insurance corporations. I agree with this statement from the SINGLE PAYER ACTION. You can watch here in full on C-SPAN. Watch it and demand we start over and get what we really need.

Here's a bit of the statement:
The bloated Democratic health bill is a turkey.

We need to start from scratch.

And pass single payer health insurance for the American people.

We will each make brief statements, and then take your questions.

I’m speaking today for myself and on behalf of Single Payer Action.

And others will be speaking for their organizations.

Six months ago – on May 5, 2009 – Margaret, Carol, Kevin and I were up on Capitol Hill.

We were in the Senate Finance Committee hearing room.

It was the beginning of three days of hearings to kick off the health care debate in Congress.

The room was packed with industry lobbyists of all stripes – health insurance, pharmaceutical, medical device, the AMA – you name it, they were there.

Senator Max Baucus, the chair of the committee, had scheduled three days of hearings on health care reform.

Baucus had asked 41 health care experts to testify.

Not one was an advocate for single payer national health insurance.

Single payer is a simple clear reform.

The house single payer bill – HR 676 – is only 30 pages long.

Baucus, Obama and the Democrats had taken it off the table.

And replaced it with a 2,000 page monstrosity.

Single payer is simple.

And it works.

Under a single payer system, the day you are born, you get a medical card with your name on it.

With this card, you get free choice of doctor and hospital.

Anywhere in the United States.

You pay no health care premiums to private health insurance corporations.

You receive no bills.

Instead of the premiums we are paying now, we would pay that amount or less into one public insurance pool.

Everybody in.

Nobody out.

Single payer saves lives.

Right now, 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of health insurance.

Under a single payer system, zero Americans would die every year from lack of health insurance.


Because everybody would be covered.

Single payer covers everyone.

Single payer also saves money.

We would replace the hundreds of private health insurance payers with one single public payer.

In one stroke, we would save $400 billion a year in administrative waste, profits and overhead.

We would then use those savings to insure everyone.
Read the entire statement here.
or watch it here.

1 comment:

  1. yikes! a 25% hike. blue cross, how i despise thee. thanks for the link to the freelancers union 'cos we have been GOUGED by blue cross of late, and have been hunting around for an organization that can at least get us a slightly better deal.