The following letter was sent to my Congressman and Senators:
First, Congress put the interests of the corporate lobbyists in front of those of the people by not even considering the single payer option.
Then, Congress puts the interests of the corporate lobbyists in front of those of the people by killing the “Medicare for All” public option.
The bill being debated has no incentive for the insurance industry to keep premiums down. With the current anti-trust exemption and the requirement of all Americans to purchase insurance from the for-profit companies, costs will only go up.
To make this messy bill palatable, the following must be included:
1. Repeal of the anti-trust exemption for the for-profit insurance companies so that we can have real competition to keep costs down.
2. A severance clause that will keep the remainder of the bill in force if one or more sections are deemed unconstitutional.
On the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s election year, it would be wonderful to see our elected representatives exhibit Profiles in Courage by placing the needs of the people ahead of those of the corporate lobbyists.