Below is my friend Karen Gadbois (looking good!) in a MoveOn.org video speaking on behalf of the public health insurance option. Karen is a breast cancer survivor and one of many New Orleanians suffering without proper healthcare since The Flood and what I call Recovery Stalling severely crippled the Charity system. Honestly, I don’t know whether the public option is a good idea or not. Will it ensure healthcare access for every American or is it simply robbing Peter to pay baby boomer Paul’s upcoming social security and Medicare tabs?
I am quite sure of two things, however: 1) As it stands now, private insurance is not you handling your money or choosing from a long list of competitive health brokers. It is not The Individual’s Choice when you are saddled with a large insurance company that your employer has partnered with and are subject to their plans, rates and doctors. So, enough talk of the Glorious Free Market when that market is mostly two big insurers with enough government backing to be the damned government, and 2) Employment and personal wealth should not be the only ways for an American to access a basic and low-cost yet good healthcare plan.
The current system sucks, but is this the answer? All I know is Karen, her daughter and many other hardworking Americans should not have to languish in ill health because of a private or public bureaucracy’s greed.