Last Friday I called Congressman Christopher Murphy’s office to share my thoughts on this health care bill that will be coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. To my surprise and to his credit, he did send me a letter thanking me for my call, albeit I am sure a form letter. But I thought I would share its content with RVO readers.
The Congressman wrote that he has heard from families and business owners, doctors, nurses, students (I get it Mr. Murphy – you can stop now), and that everyone agrees that health care reform needs to happen. Well, so far so good.
He goes on to say that over 47 million people go to sleep without health insurance due to no fault of their own. (47 million people? Hmmm, the President uses 30 million, so this must include illegal aliens). And he reminds the rest of us, insurance premiums rise almost 10% a year, and that people need to fight epic battles to get their insurer to pay per their policy.
Now let me stop here…Ive had some major hospital bills this year and I did not have to fight an epic battle to get them paid, am I just lucky?
He did say this however, that due to the fact that many health insurance markets are uncompetitive, with one or two companies controlling most of the market, that this creates an environment where health insurance premiums continually to rise. Well well, maybe Chris Murphy is listening to Jim Vicevich in the morning.
Now he says that there is so much misinformation around that it is important to point what this health care plan will do for the American people.
” It would not create a government run health care system. Our system of private insurance and private medical care would be expanded, not contracted by this bill and every American with private health insurance today would be able to keep it.”
“It would not expand the federal deficit. In fact the non partisan congressional budge office states that by lowering health care costs in a number of ways the bill would decrease federal deficit by over 100 billion dollars”
“It would not reduce medicare benefits. To the contrary, medicare benefits would be increased under the bill, by closing the medicare drug benefit “donut hole” and eliminating co-pays for checkups and wellness care.”
The Sound Off Sister has dealt with each one of these and all are false. The deficit would indeed grow, it would radically change medicare including cutting Medicare Advantage, and no you would like have to move into the government exchange and that my friends is government run health care. Period.
Now he understands that he and I may not agree on any issue, especially this one, but he would like me, can you imagine that, me, to stay in touch with him so that he can do his job better.
Well I don’t know if I should feel honored or if I was just picked for a new position. Great I could use a job!