Last week the health care bill was passed. The debates brought out ugly remarks and some violent actions. Based on many of the remarks and opposition, I wonder if people really understands what the aim is. Do we what this bill is designed to do?
This week, I want to hear from you. All views welcome. Challenge the message and not the messenger. Our query: Do you think the bill moves us in the right direction? How should the GOP respond to the unacceptable behavior and remarks of some of its rank and file?Even if you opposed the bill, what accounts for the ugliness? If you disagree with the bill in general, what alternatives do you suggest? If you agree but would like to see differences, what are they? Has your family been affected by the absence of national health care? Should we have national health care? Tell us why or why not.
Immediately after the passage, a young woman at work said in disgust that she didn't want her tax dollars paying for Shaniqua and her thirteen babies. I asked her if she knew the bill was to address the working poor, individuals who are working and who can't afford health insurance. I asked her if she knew according to what was shared with us that the average premium would increase by $5oo over a benefit year. That's $42 a month. Less than she pays to get her nails done. This is a woman who for six years didn't have insurance because she waited tables and worked in a dentist office that didn't offer health insurance to employees.
Do most people know that it is the private industry, current health care insurers who will be charged with the task of designing the plans and managing the programs and not the government.
Have most Americans bought into rhetoric or have we read the bill and the proposed amendments?