Sounds good, but how will I pay for the insurance? The essential problem is how to take out the profit motive in the health care system. Profit will always mean the denial of coverage. I do not trust corporations; I trust the government -- it's that simple, and it's why I still want a public option. The pro-corporate Dems are really frustrating me.
And according to the post, my concerns about employer-based health insurance are still there. Basically, I want to be able to get laid off from my job and not have to worry about health insurance turning into a $900 a month gorilla. Even better would be to have health insurance not connected to my employer at all. How does the Senate bill solve that problem?
Here's a part that got me excited, because the tone attacks the companies who have been denying coverage, dropping people, and letting people die:
Both the Senate and House bills will make it illegal for insurance companies to drop coverage for Americans who get sick. Insurance companies will also be barred from limiting the total benefits Americans can use over the course of a year or over their lifetimes. Affordable insurance coverage options will also be made immediately available through a high-risk pool for Americans who have been uninsured and have been denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition. These options will serve as a bridge until the new health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, are up and running.Glenn Greenwald's points really reverberate. It comes down to this: for the social good, for an equable society where each citizen can live with dignity, some services are not going to be profitable. The police, jails, courts, roads, and health care are among them.