Max Baucus-D, Montana
Kent Conrad-D, North Dakota
Blanche Lincoln-D, Arkansas
Bill Nelson-D, Florida
A note to the Senators listed above: Even though I don't live in any of your states, I am publicly pledging to contribute money during your next campaign to your opponent. It may not be much because I rely on Social Security for my income, but I will do it. Each of you is a disgrace to the party you purport to represent, and obviously care little for the will of the American people. Polls have consistently shown that the majority of citizens are in favor of a public option; these Senators, however, prefer to bow to the demands of the insurance companies.
Look around your cities and towns, my friends. Who has built and owns the largest, most spectacular buildings? Banks and insurance companies, in most cases. Guess who pays for them? You do. How can we continue on the path we're on without becoming partners in our own destruction? Why do we allow our elected officials to stay in the pockets of the very people who are sucking us dry?
I don't blame Republicans for this mess; they are staying true to their leader, Rush Limbaugh, and his stated desire to see this administration fail. But the Democrats were elected by the people to get things done. This travesty is, in every way, an inside job.
From a report issued today by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
Researchers from the Urban Institute used their Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model to estimate how coverage and cost trends would change between now and 2019 if the health system is not reformed. The report shows that under the worst-case scenario, within 10 years:
- The number of people without insurance would increase by more than 30 percent in 29 states.
- In every state, the number of uninsured would increase by at least 10 percent.
- Businesses would see their premiums increase—more than doubling in 27 states.
- Every state would see a smaller share of its population getting health care through their job.
- Half of the states would see the number of people with ESI fall by more than 10 percent.
- Every state would see spending for Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) rise by more than 75 percent.
- The amount of uncompensated care in the health system would more than double in 45 states.