|This may give Webb pause because, according to TPM, he waited only 15 minutes after Scott Brown's (R-MA) recent victory, to urge that Dems to hold off on health care until Brown was seated. This had the unfortunate effect of implying hc reform in general, and the public option in particular, might (or should?) be deferred altogether. It is not clear why Webb would do such a thing. But had Dems acted in a more timely manner, instead of dragging wrangling on for over a year, perhaps we'd have real reform by now. Instead hyper-caution and timidity by Dems has cost us dearly. That cost is born by the millions without coverage at all, the millions going into debt and bankruptcy due to health care bills, and the rippling effect of all of this on the economy.
That's not the "Born Fighting" we are used to and expect from Senator Webb, especially when it comes to populist causes. If ever there were a populist cause, it is affordable health care for everyone, including a Medicare-like (or real Medicare) option. The health insurance and health care industry have shown they cannot be trusted to continue without significant change and workable re-regulation.
The tired arguments against the public option continue to fall. It would be cheaper (overhead is lower--only 6% for Medicare), more efficient, more effectively, better organized, and more reflective of a true American value--caring about others (our families, our friends and our fellow Virginians and Americans. This is a value we have lost in the current, failing health care and health insurance system, which seeks relentlessly profits over patients.
Please call Senators Warner and Webb today. Everyone deserves affordable health care in America. That will only happen with a real public option. A mandate, with huge penalties for not subscribing, can only be fair when balanced with a public option.
Sen. Mark Warner's online email form is here. Call him at
459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Webb's online email form is here
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
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