I appreciate the info you supply about health care reform on your blog.
From Larry in Iowa
What we clearly do not need is a massive piece of costly legislation that masks the symptoms or creates even more, but does nothing to cure the disease. What we clearly cannot afford is to put off making these decisions another two or five or ten years or more.
From Joan in New Jersey
Good health is NOT a privilege, it is a human RIGHT.
From Darlene in Arizona
The only weapons we have to fight the obscene funds trying to defeat meaningful reform are our voices. I urge everyone to repeatedly contact their representatives until a bill is passed.
From Karen in California
Affordable access to medical care for ALL persons to guarantee "life" is implied, in my opinion, by our founding fathers. It's past time for the partisan wrangling to be done so that some serious negotiating can begin for crafting legislation that can pass Congress.
From Kathleen in Texas
I'd settle for creation of ...non-profit insurance coops giving small businesses the benefits of mass-purchasing--so that EVERY WORKER, from the guy who cuts the grass to the local accountant, can afford insurance and not get cut for pre-existing conditions. Big companies get these concessions from insurance companies because of mass purchasing, why not make it possible for the heart of the American work force?
From Kathleen in Texas
Having a response from the Senate Majority Leader's office is encouraging. No one should have to go without medical care because they can't afford it.
From Cynthia in California
Recently we had a free clinic here, sponsored by Remote Area Medical, and an LA Times columnist described the scene as something from the Third World. I wish people who oppose reform would …become aware of how desperate so many people are.
From Alexandra in Massachusetts
I'm proud to live in a state that decided no one should go without medical care!
From Jacqui in the UK
The health identity begins inside with an inherent feeling of self, and extends outwards in times of crisis. In the UK this extension is largely met by a NHS for everyone. I wish my friends in the US the same. .
From Sarah in Massachusetts
As the parent of a child with Down Syndrome and as a survivor of life-threatening illness, I can tell you that one of the most frustrating things about our current system is its inequity. An acquaintance and I, who were being treated for the same disease at the same time (and living in the same state), had very different medication options because her HMO was trying to save money instead of her life. She eventually wound up getting the same medication my docs had prescribed in the first place (which they described as the "standard of care" and which worked beautifully for me), but only after she'd gone to the emergency room to treat side-effects from the substandard protocol. I find this intolerable, and I attribute that kind of craziness to being in a profit-motivated health-care system.
From Deputy Director of New Media, Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
I also wanted to thank your loyal readers for keeping up with this critical topic of health care reform. We need everyone's support!