The Weekend Must Read comes by way of Jonathan Alter on NEWSWEEK: “What’s Not to Like?”
Alter, who had cancer a few years ago says:
I like the fact that if I lose my job, I won’t be able to get any insurance because of my illness. It reminds me of my homeowners’ insurance, which gets canceled after a break-in. I like the choice I’d face if, God forbid, the cancer recurs—sell my house to pay for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatment, or die. That’s what you call a “post-existing condition.”
As Alter, with wit and humor painfully points out, the “status quo” which what the Republicans and sadly many Blue Dog Democrats would like to maintain, has gotten us no where. We’ve been debating the healthcare issue for 97 years. That’s right, since “since Theodore Roosevelt put national health insurance in the Bull Moose Party platform of 1912.”
It’s time to stop debating it and ensure that ALL Americans have healthcare. The “status quo” is broken and it’s breaking our economy and driving good people into the poor house. It’s time for a change.