Last night the House passed their healthcare reform bill. Fine. Except it requires all estadounidenses to buy health insurance.
Now we’re waiting for the Senate to approve their version. I wrote a letter to one of Virginia’s two senators, Senator Webb, who is one of the more independent thinkers of the group.
Hi, Senator Webb.
I am writing to urge the Senate to strike out the mandatory purchase of health insurance that was approved by the House last night.
Given President Obama’s proposal of making the purchase of health insurance desirable, with the aim of making legal obligation to buy it unnecessary, it seems to me lawmakers may have another motivation for including this requirement. The House is mandating that we purchase the products of a set of private companies. Is this measure necessary in order to win the support of the insurance industry? If so, do we truly need the support of that industry?
If we are going to make the purchase of health insurance compulsory, I would FAR prefer the insurance service be provided by a public, or quasi-public or nonprofit, body. The group of companies that the House has designated to provide it have proven they do not need to keep the interests of their customers in mind. Legislating them a permanent customer base to me seems like it will make them even less accountable.
Please, please do not sign us away to these guys (the insurance industry). As a US citizen I expect choice. I support health care reform, but we really need more options than this.
Thank you for all your hard work. I really respect you, and I am proud to be part of your constituency.