I got your phone call today. Thanks for calling to let me know how you feel about health care reform in America. I really appreciate your taking the time to have someone else record a message for you and have an automated system call my cell phone while I was out shopping.
If you haven't listened to your own recorded message, let me remind you that you called to tell me that you do not support a public health insurance option for average American citizens. This would be an option that no one would be required to have, but if it was affordable enough and offered quality care for Americans who either couldn't get health care from somewhere else or preferred a public option, then they could get it.
I've heard the arguments: socialized medicine is bad, we'll have government doctors, health insurance companies won't be able to make $4.3 Billion in profits each year, and I noticed while looking at your employment salary and health benefits information online that you have access to every regional, state, and national insurance program available today. In addition, I noticed several public health insurance options to which you have access .
I'm just so darn confused these days about all of this health care reform business everyone's talking about. I understand that you've received over $1.2 million from health care providers and insurance companies. I also can see how increasing competition would be bad for the few giant insurance companies left. And I even understand how the AMA, which limits the number of people who can become doctors in order to create a "scarcity effect" and keep salaries high, would oppose health care reform.
But, here's the thing: why would you, my elected representative, want to deny me access to the very same health care that you can get? I mean, you have a public health insurance option, so why shouldn't I have one too?
Let's get serious about this discussion. I'd like to hear your response. In it, I would like you to avoid using the following words: socialism, communism, fascism, and government doctors. Because the reality is, I deserve to have access to exactly the same health insurance options that you have. After all, the health insurance companies might be paying for your re-election campaign, but I'm the one who is actually paying for your insurance.