To Senator Harry Reid, and all other US Senators: an Open Letter
Original post made by Alice Schaffer Smith, Green Acres, on Dec 8, 2009
The federal government needs to take strong action to reduce costs for individuals, businesses and communities. As a nation, we are spending $1 out of every $6 we earn on health care. Over the last three decades, increases in the amount spent on health care have consistently risen faster than wages and inflation. If nothing is done, we could be spending $3 trillion for health care by 2011 and $4.2 trillion by 2016.
To remove the public option is to deny fair and equitable healthcare. I lived in Europe for 22 years. My daughters were given safe, quick and free healthcare when they became ill, whilst visiting in the UK.
Everyone had the right to basic education (and their literacy is a lot higher than the USA's), basic housing and healthcare. They taxed the people more but everyone was better off.
We must not be fouled or failed by Republican bullyboys'handling of our healthcare. Please retain the public option for all of us.