Lee Cable, I cannot agree more with you. Your sense of outrage at the health care industry is exactly what we need.
If I were to be totally selfish, this issue would not matter to me since I am age 65, on Medicare and have an affordable Medicare supplement policy. However, I find it unconscionable that approximately 30 percent of Americans are without health insurance and that it is estimated that as many as 20,000 Americans die annually since they cannot afford medical treatment.
Moreover, the self-employed are faced with expensive premiums that are driving many of them to consider going with no insurance. I am acquainted with a couple whose monthly health insurance runs approximately $1,000. To say that the present system is broken implies that that it can be fixed. In reality, it is closer to something that is non-existent as opposed to something that can be tweaked.
There is some hope. I think we need to urge our elected representatives to support HR 676, the Single Payer National Health Insurance Act sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. Briefly, the present system of multiple health insurance carriers would be eliminated in favor of a type of Medicare coverage for everyone. This program is not, and should not be free. Everyone pays based on some sort of sliding scale. Most importantly, under this plan, the patient retains the right to choose their medical providers and is not forced to report to any specific doctor, hospital or clinic.
Previously, the medical community has been very opposed to changing the system. However, a group of doctors known as the Physicians for a National Health Program have signed on to this bill. As the PNHP has stated, "HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT."