He believes the public option is the best way to achieve those goals. Presidential senior advisor Valerie Jarrett reiterated that on Saturday at a public event, and this morning Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius was explicit: "We continue to support the public option that will help lower costs, give American consumers more choice, and keep private insurers honest." But industry lobbyists are still spending $1.4 million a day to convince Congress otherwise.
Despite the fear mongering and outright lies from reform opponents like State Senator Josh Penry, Coloradans need health insurance reform. Our premiums have increased 91% since 2000. Every day, 100 working families lose their employer-sponsored insurance because it has become too expensive. And those who do have insurance worry about insurance company bureaucrats making decisions about their medical care instead of their doctor. (Evelyn’s note: Does it make sense for Republican politicians to go on and on about Obama controlling the health care program and not mind that the insurance companies already do that to a large extent without asking us our permission to do so ? Think about it. )
President Obama’s plan will ensure that Coloradans have secure, affordable choices for health insurance. A public health insurance option will serve as a check on the greed of the for-profit insurance industry. Tell Congress to make sure a public option is included in the final bill.
Don’t let partisan ideologues like State Senator Josh Penry bamboozle the public into believing falsehoods about the President’s reform plan. In a recent op-ed, he wrote that reform "isn’t going to come from Washington, D.C." but from "private-sector innovation." It’s the same tired, hackneyed philosophy that brought us the health insurance system that is bankrupting Colorado families while lining the pockets of health insurance CEOs.
To declare your support for the President’s health insurance reform plan, including a public option you have to let congress know you support it.
With a kiss, hug and atta-boy, The Castle Lady !
My condolences go out to the Kennedy family. The "Lion of the Senate" will be greatly missed.