Two House Health Reform Bills: Experts Weigh In

woman_and_doctor_pregnancyLet me ask you a question: Why in the world would the Republicans in the US House of Representatives want to put the greedy profits of health insurers over their own constituents (– not to mention any of the rest of us, since their votes affect us, too)?

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what the experts says about it:

• The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says it would barely make a dent in most of our premiums, and could lead to higher premiums for older Americans.

• The New York Times reports that it doesn’t stop insurers from refusing to cover you because of a pre-existing condition.

• The CBO’s research shows that the GOP plan would likely cut the deficit by just $68 billion over the next ten years — far less than the Democratic bill, which cuts the deficit by $104 billion over the same period.

• The CBO also estimates that under the Republican bill the number of uninsured Americans would actually increase to 52 million by 2019.

• And Politico writes that the Republican’s so-called plan doesn’t keep insurers from dropping you when you’re sick — it just makes them let you know that you’re being dropped.

No wonder Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dubbed it the “Health Insurance Company Protection Act.”

On the other hand, the Democratic bill in the House:

• Stops insurance companies from refusing coverage because of a pre-existing condition;

• It prevents them from denying you care when you get sick;

• Help lower premiums for our families and businesses; and

• Will cover 33 million more people than the Republican bill.

Ladies, don’t forget: These are your elected officials. These are the same people who have their own, generous healthcare plans — thanks to you, who voted them into their positions.

Worse yet, they are being paid by our insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, and hospital corporations to make sure we never get the one thing every other government on earth offers its citizens: free healthcare.

These companies are also sending mobs to shout down any town hall meetings where the issue of a government healthcare option can be discussed. They stand between you and your doctor. Think about it: they’ve got you pay “premiums”, not for medical services.

Well, we  have a voice, too.

Don’t be shouted down. Here’s where you should call TODAY:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Don’t forget to call your congressperson, too. Here’s the number: http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/mcapdir.html

As for some of the other senators who are “wavering” about voting in favor of a Pubic Option, let’s set them straight as to why their vote counts for us — and for THEM, if they want to get re-elected.

They include:

Roland Burris (D – Illinois) (202) 224-2854

Olympia Snow (R -Maine) (202) 224-5344

Max Baucus (D – Montana) (202) 224-2651

Evan Bayh (D – Indiana) (202) 224-5623. As does Lieberman’s wife, Bayh’s wife also works for an opponent’s lobbying firm.

Mary Landrieau (D – Louisiana) (202) 224-5824

Blanche Lincoln (D – Nebraska) (202) 224-4843

Ben Nelson (D – Nebraska) (202) 224-6551

When you call, ask them to look at the statistics of uninsured women in their state: They can find it at

http://hrc.nwlc.org/

On that list may someone you know.

It may be YOU.


—Josie Brown

Relationships Channel Editor – SingleMindedWomen.com

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