October 19, 2009
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"I served my country in the U.S. Navy and have never believed in a free ride, but I'm getting sick and tired of the way our insurance companies treat us," begins Roland Rogers of Frederic, Wis. "I'm a blue-collar worker who does a job that a lot of people wouldn't think of doing. It's hard physical work." "Recently, I sustained an injury at work. It's a stress fracture in my foot, which I believe was caused by over 20 years of walking on the cement floors of this company. But the insurance company won’t help me, claiming I don't have the proof that this happened at work." "I wasn't going to fight them alone, so I ended up hiring a lawyer and they eventually paid up but it cost me dearly. I lost six weeks of wages when I was off recovering from my injury. Our income is approximately $40,000 a year, and we have two kids in college and a mortgage. It has caused a lot of unnecessary stress both at home and at work. Why is this happening in one of the richest countries in the world? Why aren’t we entitled to guaranteed healthcare?"
I would like to add that any "reform" that mandates buying healthcare from insurers is the worst of all possible outcomes.
Information about Single Payer (Medicare for All) can be found at www.pnhp.org HR676 has the support of over 90 Representatives, and one Independent Senator.
By StaffAssociated PressApril 8, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have passed a resolution calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a single-payer health system that covers everyone.
The Senate passed the nonbinding resolution by a 20-15 vote on Wednesday, a day after the House did the same by a 91-52 vote.
The resolution cites the high costs of the present system and says managed care, health maintenance organizations and other reforms have failed to contain health costs.
The resolution was passed months after a poll of nearly 600 Maine physicians showed a majority in favor of a single payer or "Medicare for all" approach. The survey, conducted in November and December, showed 52 percent in favor and 48 percent against.
I ask this question in all sincerity: Why the focus on single payer solutions? What is it about single payer that you find that trumps all other possible reforms?
A sincere answer.
Because I am a cheapskate. I want healthcare for my money, not a life of luxury for insurance executives.
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