Monday, August 24, 2009

Dear President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer and Representative Speier

For years your constituents have written and called you regarding the health care crisis we find ourselves in. Years. For years the private insurers have been denying and delaying appropriate, needed, doctor-prescribed care. For years the pharmaceutical companies have been charging us exorbitant amounts for medicines that are reasonably priced elsewhere in the world. For years thousands of Americans have unnecessarily died simply because no one would see them because they did not have insurance because the insurance companies had declared them un-insurable.

Don't be fooled by the 'johnny-come-latelys' who have recently shown up at town halls complaining about changing the health care system. Listen to the steady stream of Americans you have known over the years and ease their pain.

It's a lot of food for thought to realize that on the same day a few hundred people with health insurance were screaming at their Congressman, a couple of thousand people were waiting patiently, civilly, hopefully outside the LA Forum for a little bit of health care.

The screamers should be ashamed. And Shame will be your names as well if you all do not pass reform with a solid, strong public option. Best of all would be passing the Weiner Amendment that would make Medicare available to All.