This letter is addressed to the Republican senators and congressmen who are all fortunate enough to have wonderful health care provided to them by the government — but are opposed to the new proposals that would insure millions who are not as lucky as they, prevent insurance companies from using preexisting conditions to turn people away, and provide choice and competition to hold down out-of-control health-care costs.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to file bankruptcy, half because of medical expenses, and half of those had health insurance. Family health coverage has risen over 86 percent between 2000 and 2007, and there is no end in sight. Is there only one Republican in Congress, Joseph Cao from New Orleans, who acknowledges this situation and feels a responsibility to his constituents to do something positive to help, rather than just place barricades between the status quo and relief?
Health-insurance-company lobbyists are spending $1,000,000 a day in Washington. Let's see a detailed accounting as to how that money is being spent and who receives it. Let's see if there's a connection between contributions and votes.
Perhaps if these Republicans had to seek their insurance the way that the rest of us do, those who can't understand or empathize would get some perspective. The cost, although an issue to most Americans, is obviously not an issue, as approximately 44 percent of all senators and congressmen are millionaires (Democrats included). However, it would be very interesting to see how they would deal with their preexisting conditions and the turndowns they'd receive in their search for coverage. Of course, those over 65 could sign up for Medicare, another government plan. Isn't it funny that government plans work well when Republicans benefit?
— Deborah Josephs