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We need to hear facts before speaking out on Health Care

mccarthy,ryanAll over the country, town hall meetings are being disrupted by angry Americans who fear government take over of the health care system. Without any legislation on the table, Americans need to wait for the issue to play out and make sure they are getting the correct information.

It always amazes me when I see those people at town hall meetings across the country who won’t even listen to what their elected officials have to say about health care reform.

Although it is nice to see our representatives working on their summer break, there is no reason to panic over health care until America hears the facts.

The goal of the Obama administration and the Democrats for health care is very simple: they want to give everybody in the country the option to purchase affordable health insurance.

Since becoming president in January, Obama has already implemented legislation to cover 11 million children.

In the Recovery Act, $19 billion was spent to move medical records to computers. The government  is  making progress on a 21st-century health care system.

President Obamas’ address to Congress Sept. 8  stated that he wanted to reform health care by putting $900 billion of the federal budget toward health care over the next 10 years.

According to the National Coalition on Health Care, the United States will spend  $ 2.7 trillion on health expenses in 2009. That is 18 percent of our gross domestic product. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing that one-fifth of our GDP is health care, but I do think that one-fifth of the economy should be spent on helping to create more health care for all Americans.

Here’s another fact: 62 percent of bankruptcies in 2007 were due to health-related  financial issues. That means people got dropped by their health care providers when they needed it the most: when they are sick. When hospital bills are piling up, some health care companies will not cover them.

Now I know that some people think it’s crazy to give everybody the chance to get medical coverage, but it seems like a no-brainer to me,  especially when we give blank checks out to banks and Wall Street investors who were irresponsible with their investments.

But the main reason, many are speaking out against a public option, like anything else. is money. Many of our established health care companies, with their overpriced premiums, would lose billions of dollars if the public option became available or if the government requires the companies to lower their premiums.

If health care companies lower their premiums to make medical insurance affordable for everybody then the government involvement in health care would decline dramatically. With a wider base of clients, I think the health care companies would still make the same amount of money, plus cover the tens of millions of Americans’ without medical security.

I also see the business perspective to this issue. Hospitals and insurance companies make billions of dollars each year from Americans medical bills.

I just don’t understand why health care is seen as an option in this country. We require auto insurance for everybody who drives a car and homeowners’ insurance is a given for anybody who owns property. So why isn’t our country’s health held  to the same standard.

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We need to hear facts before speaking out on Health Care