32 million uninsured in this nation is inexplicable to me. 40 million people living at or below the poverty line is simply wrong. We need health care reform so that the uninsured can have access and that the cost of uncompensated care isn’t passed on to those w/third party pay or bankrupts providers.
We should explore a responsible free-market approach. Amendment of the McCarran-Ferguson Act that would allow interstate competition in health insurance would be a start. Public Option? Why not? While I do not believe “government-run” health care makes sense, tell me this: If the government does get into the mix as offering people a “choice” to purchase a “medicare-type” plan, does this not allow for more competition?
Democrats that seek an entirely government-run form of health care are misguided. However, I’m not particularly trustful of the GOP to get sensible reform accomplished. The GOP, while they purport to favor competition, is awfully protective of big insurance and big pharma. Additionally, I’m skeptical of their sincerity when it comes to their concern for those living on the margins of our economy. Their track record isn’t all that great.
Lastly, if the Senate bill is pushed through as-is by Speaker Pelosi — which seems rather underhanded to me — then we further enhance our reputation as being a schizophrenic society.
Here’s my problem: Making health coverage available for 32 million low-income, uninsured Americans is a good thing. Using federal tax dollars for abortive services is morally unjustifiable. That is unless you believe it’s a good thing to have less poor people by exterminating their offspring.
Help me understand the argument of people like Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) who believe if we do not provide for federally-funded abortions, a woman’s right to choose is in peril. That argument is no different than the National Rifle Association saying if we do not provide automatic assault rifles to anyone over 14 years of age who desires one, the 2nd Amendment will be abolished.
I just hope that Congress and the President can find a way to give the 32 million uninsured Americans a chance at coverage, not use tax dollars to fund abortions, and allow doctors and other health care professionals to maintain their right of conscience, ALL of these measures would demonstrate our commitment to life.