Hare: President's Address Should Highlight Benefits of Health Care Reform to Those with Insurance
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement calling on President Obama to use his Wednesday primetime address to highlight the benefits of health care reform to those who already have insurance.
The fact that there are nearly 50 million uninsured Americans is in and of itself a compelling reason to pass strong health care reform. But the President should use tomorrow's primetime speech to highlight the benefits of reform for those who already have insurance and worry that changes to the current system may harm their current coverage.
He should reiterate that the average American family with insurance is already bearing the brunt of the uninsured through $1,100 in additional premiums annually. He should point out that providing more options for consumersincluding a robust public planwill create competition and drive down health care costs across the spectrum, sparing families from the difficult choice of paying their bills or getting well. He should declare that if we do nothing 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their coverage everyday and soon families will be forced to spend half of their income on health care. He should stress that health care reform will protect patients from being denied coverage for preexisting conditions or having their policies dropped when they get sick. And he should remind our seniors that health care reform will eliminate the Medicare Part D doughnut hole that fails to provide coverage for those who have between $2,700 and $6,100 a year in prescriptions.
Insurance companies and their political allies spent the entire month of August scaring middle class families with myths and disinformation. It is time for President Obama to reclaim the debate and explain exactly what is in this bill, why the need to act is so urgent, and how health care reform's greatest beneficiaries may be those who already have health insurance but are paying too much in a broken system.