My commentary last week on health care reform got a number of emails from people who agreed with me, and few who didn't.
So, to be fair I'm going to share some of the responses of those who disagree.
If you believe that the government should not be in healthcare, does that include Medicare and Medicaid? Do you want to remove the protection of healthcare for millions of people?
Helen suffers from heart problems. She told us what she pays monthly in medical bills. And then she added:
No one cares if you get sick. They think it's your own fault. I didn't ask for my illnesses. There are millions of people who cannot get health insurance mostly because they cannot afford it. These are the ones that fall through the cracks.
And Dave suggests that my opinion comes from the fact that I have coverage:
Your stand smacks of I got mine, good luck getting yours.
Thanks to all who took the time to share their thoughts. This is one of the great debates of our age, and it is no time for those who have ideas and opinions to be quiet.
That's your turn on health care. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed response from viewers:
Let me start by saying I hope this gets posted on the air. We need health insurance reform not health care reform. I know a man who worked hard all his life and paid every bill he had the way he was supposed to including health insurance and as soon as he got sick the health insurance jacke his premium up so high he cannot afford to pay his bills hardly. The sickness he got was not a sickness from being unhealthy but just one that a person might get when they get older no matter how they live good or bad. The medicine he takes is $1400 dollars a month and his insurance pays all but $50.00 of the medicine. So, for now he is still paying the insurance, but if the cost goes up much more he will not be able to afford it. After a person has paid insurance for so many years and hardly used it and then gets sick; the insurance company does everything in its power to try to get the person to drop the insurance by increasing the premium. So, you tell me what needs reforming the health care system or the insurance system? Those idots in Washington own the insurancet companies and need reforming their self.
Like you, I agree that there needs less government intervention and more responsibility on the behalf of all Americans. Our country is getting into the mindset that the government should take care of all of their needs, which is impacting the responsible citizens who are providing for these benefits. The needs of the recipients are getting to the point where they outweigh the rights of the providers!
In addition to being opposed to additional government intervention---and the tremendous financial strain on the US economy for generations to come---our health care is one of the most important rights we have. I studied at Oxford for a summer and witnessed first-hand how many people in England died while waiting for the health care that Americans have readily available. In addition, our V.A. Hospitals and Walter Reed Hospital are examples of the level of "quality" our government provides health care.
We have the best health care in America and we should fight to keep it that way!
I am empathetic towards those who do not have access to health care. However, there are many other solutions that should be considered. In fact, Senator Burr and many legislators are proposing solutions (www.responsiblehealthreform.com) that will help such as, insurance policies that cross state lines, portable policies and competition among insurance providers.
As a country, we need to consider solutions that will give access to those who need it rather than to force Socialized health care on the entire country that will take away our Freedom of good healthcare.