Why we need it, in a nutshell:
1. My aunt is a psychiatric researcher at the University of San Diego. A lot of her patients are schizophrenic. A lot of her patients can't work, because they are schizophrenic. Thus, they don't have the money for treatment. They don't have treatment, they do crazy things like...shoot people.
2. To supplement the cost of caring for patients without health care coverage, hospitals routinely charge patients with health care for expensive tests they don't really need.
3. The public option is pivotal.
This is the only way insurance companies would feel enough competitive heat to drive down their prices. And this reform should be all about competition.
I also think it would force innovation. Always a good thing.
4. By denying the poor and minority groups access to health care, our country reinforces inescapable and tired socioeconomic stratas and racism.
...It's obvious something about our health care system has to change.
If there is legitimate conservative input, I can respect that.
But so far there's no focus on solutions. Only ruining the high everyone is still on from Obama's election:
"If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."
- Jim DeMint, Republican Senator from South Carolina
Go read Paul Krugman.
And watch Jon Stewart. Who, though I'm not supposed to think this, is the journalist right now.
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