My daughter-in-law sent me a link to this article from The Back of the Napkin Blog that sums up the health care debate in terms anyone can understand.
For those who are worried about tax increases, consider this:
If I am presently employed and covered, I will pay more for insurance under all proposed plans.
So why should we reform insurance? Because health care costs are already bankrupting the country and if we do nothing now, it’s going to cost much more very soon.
The writers sum it up very nicely for us:
When all is said and done, there are really only three essential questions we need to ask ourselves in order to know how we should individually feel about insurance reform: first, should paying for our health be a profit-driven business? Second, since change is coming no matter what, how do we want to pay for it: as profits for insurance company shareholders or as taxes to the government? Third, will we be better off by continuing to shout at each other, or by listening and thinking?
Two things to remember: one, it is neurobiologically impossible to shout and think at the same time. Two, there are influential parties in this debate who do not want us to listen or think. Ask yourself who stands to gain the most by encouraging us not to think, and you’ll know which option you are for.