This June we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. He and my mother-in-law, who is 86, are two of the most vibrant, active people I know. They belong to two bowling leagues, shovel their own snow and do their own lawn cutting and maintenance, even though they may need a break or two before it gets finished. They travel often and make sure they each walk on their treadmill every day. She survived breast cancer and he survived a heart attack. They don't take their good health for granted; it is something they work at every day. Fortunately, because my father-in-law was a federal employee, they have had the best health care for most of their lives -- perhaps this contributed to their present good health. Medicare is something they value, but they do have supplemental insurance to cover the gap. Like most seniors, they are concerned that health-care reform will affect what they have.
Their concern may be valid. The current proposal for health-care reform seems complicated at best. Most cost savings we have heard about comes at the expense of Medicare without specific information as to how it will actually affect access to health care through Medicare for seniors. Seniors aren't getting the answers they need. Town hall meetings aren't working. I hear the stories about congressmen being shouted down and organizers disrupting meetings. Fear mongering needs to be exposed. When people such as Sarah Palin warn Americans that they will stand before a "death panel" to determine if they will get treatment, things are getting a little ridiculous. This is America, this is a democracy, we don't euthanize seniors here.
It is my conviction however that there doesn't need to be two or three systems. The current proposal needs to be revisited. Old people, young people and in-betweens need access to a one-payer universal health-care system, period. Universal health care doesn't discriminate in other countries, why would it have to here?
August 12, 2009; 6:27 PM ET
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