Thursday, June 11, 2009

President Obama's health care reform

Lately there have been many headlines about President Obama's plans for health care reform. I admittedly haven't been following it very closely, but I've been noting the headlines. I'm glad he is pursuing this issue already, as I think it is very important for our nation's future that we rein in health care expenses and provide insurance to those who can't afford it.

There are a couple of important points that Obama is making that I personally support wholeheartedly.

The president promised that with his health care overhaul "if you like your doctor you'll be able to keep your doctor, if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan."

"We're not going to make you change," he said.

And the other:

"Every plan should include an affordable, basic benefits package," he said. "And if you can't afford one of these we should give you assistance."

I think these are the elements to a strong health care system that protects all of our nation's citizens: allowing those who can keep their own plans, and to assist those who can't. Certainly, if I can afford to get a plan that provides me better coverage, there's no reason why I should be denied that. But if I can't afford health care, there's also no reason why I should die simply because I was unlucky enough to be born with the genes for a potentially lethal autoimmune disease.

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