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Monday
Aug102009

Is Anyone Happy?

Where do Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats get the idea that anyone is *happy* (other than them) with their health care insurance?

Every time I hear "the people who are happy with their health care insurance are really concerned" a voice screams in my head -- who? Who are they? How can anyone be *happy* with their insurance?

I have insurance, yeah, but I'm I'm not "happy" that my premium just shot up $100 a month and so I'm going to switch to a higher deductible.

If you're lucky enough to have insurance, you're unhappy with the cost of the premium. Whether you're an employer or an employee or *certainly* whether you're self-employed, as I am. And I have to pay the entire freight. Sure, I'm "lucky" I have insurance, but I'm as unlucky as the rest of you by being led through the nose by a steel ring every year with my annual insurance premium increase letter. And don't even get me started about dental insurance.

Those who cry out that reform is headed in the wrong direction don't care that *something* must be done. And that a public option is the only real alternative.

I thought everybody agreed we need change? Don't co-opt this critical need for political purposes.

Read this article about the recent free Wise clinic in Virginia that drew thousands who've waited a year for some kind of medical treatment, especially dental. This tells you the needs.

Ignore the screamers. Ignore the pundits. Seek out rational voices and rational arguments. Read the facts. Talk with your elected officials as an ally, not a foe. At least until they prove themselves to be one on this issue.

Kudos to President Obama for stirring this pot that's been on simmer for too long. It's ugly now, but it'll be uglier if we don't do something. The thing that disturbs me, though, is that the private insurance companies are even allowed to be part of the mix moving forward, but I suppose we have to start somewhere.

As MSNBC's Keith Olbermann said in his Special Comment segment, our elected officials are there to represent *us*, the People. And not the health care insurers or corporations.

Yes, we can! And we must.