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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/25/2009

My Health-Care Story: I'll Take the Public Option

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Elizabeth Keyes
Silver Spring

The White House’s apparent shift on a public option is devastating to someone like me. With my rheumatoid arthritis, I depend on medication to help me to walk, to pick up my child, to raise food to my lips, even — no exaggeration — to breathe. Nonetheless, when I have switched insurance plans with job changes, my drugs are routinely denied. A denial buys providers weeks of not paying while the appeal is processed.

Would a public option be a model of efficiency? Of course not. Would I trust it more than I do the insurance companies that deny me essential medications? You’d better believe it.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 25, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
Categories:  health care  
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Comments

On the TV the other day, Senator Lieberman was commenting on the “Health Plan”.

Lieberman stated it should be put on hold until the economy improves. To that I say, good idea Senator Lieberman.

Let’s take that line of reasoning one step farther and stop all medical insurance coverage for all government entities starting with the Senators and Congress until the economy improves.

Since taxpayers are the ones paying for their insurance with tax dollars and taxpayers are currently broke, then it only goes to reason we must discontinue paying for Senate and Congress’ medical insurance coverage, as we do not currently have the money to afford you all medical insurance coverage.

Put your health where your mouth is Senator Lieberman, by paying for your own insurance coverage out of your own pocket.

Cutting out insurance for all legislators would help the budget deficit considerably.

Write your Senator’s and Congress, demand discontinuing their health insurance coverage, until the nation’s economy improves and we can all afford health insurance.

I will, will YOU?

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | August 25, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Lieberman which I don't often do. Apparently all of the money we poured into the banks didn't work. AIG is still paying huge bonuses with taxpayer money and 416 banks have failed putting a strain on the FDIC.

There won't be any health care to fight over when we drop into a depression. I give the Administration an "F" for failure. Here is the thing. Everybody wants something for nothing but nobody is willing to sacrifice to get it.

Put off health care, the carbon tax and any other tax and let us start to cut expenses. 9 trillion dollar deficit this year and climbing is not going to solve our ills. We are just putting off the inevitable. Someone is going to have to pay sooner or later and that someone is YOU.

An Independent

Posted by: joe221 | August 27, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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