Watching the Senate debate health care is painful. It is like watching paint dry, but this issue is so important I can’t turn away. Senator McCain keeps talking about the need for tort reform and using Texas as an example.
Of course, a quick check at www.statehealthfacts.org  shows employer health premiums are slightly higher in Texas than in NC and about average for the South. We may need some targeted tort reform, but no one should expect it to solve our health care cost crisis.
“ Ponzi scheme” is the new Republican catchword for the bill. What money does Congress collect and only use for that purpose? Where does the money come from for the wars?
These Senators are playing with people’s lives. Every thirty seconds in this country someone declares medical bankruptcy. People are dying for lack of health care. People are delaying going to the doctor and ending up with more expensive and serious illnesses to treat. The system is penny wise and pound foolish.
Medicare Advantage was started because the health insurance companies claimed they could administer Medicare for less. This turned out not to be the case. Seniors are on regular Medicare have to pay the difference for their brethren on Medicare Advantage. I think the worst legislation for Seniors was the government not negotiating with drug companies and the donut hole. I talk to Seniors everyday who have prescriptions which are several thousand dollars a month for one medication.
I want all these Senators who want to block this legislation to look their constituents who are struggling and afraid in the eye and tell us we do not deserve affordable health care. I know for those citizens who want health care reform it is getting tiring making the phone calls, writing the letters, signing the petitions, and rallying.
We can’t stop now and that is what the opposition is aiming for. If we lose this bill there will not be another one.