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Healthcare reform can help to reduce the inequalities in our healthcare system drastically. As someone who helps people in health care crisis, I’m all too familiar with the heartbreaking stories of those who do not have healthcare or are denied healthcare services by their insurance company. Some of my clients develop cancer and are then dropped by their health insurance companies. They do not qualify for Medicaid and thus, they are forced to go without lifesaving treatment. Others have developed Multiple Sclerosis and lose their jobs and cannot get health insurance because they are uninsurable and cannot afford the premiums. While you may not be one of these heartbreaking stories, there are other reasons why you should support reform:
• Fairness: No hardworking American should be denied access to quality affordable health care. The majority of my clients are working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but whose jobs do not offer health insurance.
• Cost to personal finances: Healthcare insurance premiums are rising rapidly while wages are remaining stagnant. The average family premium will rise from 1,550 to 19,709 by 2019 in Tennessee without healthcare reform. Hardworking American families cannot bear this cost.
• Cost to business owners: Nearly 9 in 10 small business owners think health care should be available and affordable to everyone. Most small businesses don’t provide health coverage to employees—not because they don’t want to, but because they cannot afford to.
• American Advancement: In 2007, 11% of American children were uninsured. If, like most other industrialized societies do, one views children as a precious natural resource that will drive the nation’s economic future, then one might wish to ensure that every American child can get health insurance and proper health care. This would be a wise investment in America’s future.
• World Health Ranking: The World Health Organization ranked the US’ healthcare system 37th in the world based on citizens’ health care status, the responsiveness of its system, and fairness in financing.
• Morality: In the New Testament, Jesus calls his followers to “Love your neighbor as yourself”(Mark 12:31). In order to be consistent with our Christian heritage, we shouldn’t let our fellow working Americans, our “neighbors,” go without coverage simply because their place of employment doesn’t offer coverage or because they have a pre-existing condition.
By the way, for those of you writing who haven’t read what the bills contain, here is a helpful link that gives a clear comparison of the bills. http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/health...
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