Choice is of course a dangerous word to use when discussing any partisan issue. But to me that is exactly what health-care reform boils down to: choice. In addition to placing commonsense caps on abusive insurance practices (such as the refusal to insure preexisting conditions, dropping coverage, even for the terminally ill etc.), which benefit only the insurance companies, reform would mean offering those of us who would prefer a public option the chance to benefit from such a program. People who wish to keep their private policies may do so.
My family is one of the many college-educated, two-working-parent households that simply cannot afford to be adequately insured. Even after paying out enormous premiums, we are still facing daunting medical bills that have greatly challenged our financial security. I know we are not alone in this community, and certainly not nationwide.
President Obama has promised not to increase the deficit or raise taxes in order to fulfill these promises. Do I believe him? Yes, until I see proof not to. Utilizing funding that is already in place, whittling down the extraneous and inefficient aspects, while streamlining the process of providing a larger number of citizens the ability to insure themselves and their families—why in the world are people trying to shout that down?
I was really hopeful that with the dawning of a new political era that some of this partisan nit-picking would dissolve in the name of community and cooperation. I guess I was naive. Hopefully our representatives will continue to be as naive and push past their political labels, refuse insurance-lobby money and make the tough decisions that will benefit us all.
— Katherine Apt