Forgive me for being a little late to the Health
Care Insurance Reform discussion. I was busy, yanno, providing actual health care to sick people while that whole rigamarole was going on. But that one sentence, uttered over and over by everyone from the President on down, always stuck in my craw. At long last, I am finally able to properly articulate my response.
Trying to pass sweeping health insurance reform legislation while telling people that of course they can keep their current plans if they want is like legislating tough new laws against wife-beating, and assuring women that of course they can stay with their husbands if they like.
No one tries to force victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers, but they do try to help them understand that they have options, and that they don’t deserve to be treated so poorly. I firmly believe that people who like their current insurance plans probably have several things in common:
- They don’t pay for them
- They’ve probably never used them
- They’re worried that some other plan would be worse; better the devil you know than the one you don’t.
Although the public option is dead for now, I find it interesting that many of the big health insurers are so worried about complying with the new laws that they’re seeking waivers from having to follow them. It’s as if the worst abusers feel they can’t keep their houses in order without slapping their women around a bit, while the government agrees to look the other way.
Whatever ends up happening with the just-completed election, all I can do is hope that this country continues along the path just begun of providing meaningful health care at reasonable cost to all citizens.