Why Liberals Need to Support the Health Care Bill

One writer to Josh Marshall’s website takes on those who would make the pure the enemy of the good:

If I feel abandoned, it’s not by Obama and the Democratic party, it’s by those on the left advocating to kill the bill.

I am unemployed and have a pre-existing condition that requires daily medicines, quarterly doctors visits and an annual test. I am on COBRA, which runs out mid-2010, when I will have to find new health insurance. I will need to purchase some kind of health insurance, assuming I can find provider who will insure me.

I don’t pretend to understand all the intricacies of the health care reform bill, but I do read a lot. From what I can glean, if the bill passed, I would be able to find health insurance because I could not to be turned down due to my pre-exisiting condition. And based on my income at the moment, my premuims would be subsidized.

Millions are in situations like this person, and the bill now making its way through the Senate stands to help them with a bit more security, predictability, and dignity.

Let that happen for them.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Why Liberals Need to Support the Health Care Bill

  1. With all the changes that the bill will introduce despite the lack of a public option or earlier Medicare coverage, those who are opposing it because it does not go far enough are really missing one of the key points of the bill and that is to help protect the most vulnerable citizens of the country. While a public option would be ideal, to hold out for an all or nothing solution is being completely unrealistic and trying to achieve “perfection” when it is quite clear that some form of compromise is all is available to get the necessary votes.

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