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Your Health Insurance Plan: “You Can Keep It If You Want”

Forgive me for being a little late to the healthcare insurance reform discussion. I was busy, y’know, providing actual healthcare to sick people while that whole rigamarole was going on. But that one sentence, uttered over and over by everyone from the President on down, always stuck in my craw. At long last, I’m finally able to properly articulate my response.

Trying to pass sweeping health insurance reform legislation while telling people that, of course, they “can keep their current plans if they want” is like legislating tough new laws against wifebeating and assuring women that, of course, they can stay with their husbands if they like.

No one tries to force victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers, but they do try to help them understand that they have options, and that they don’t deserve to be treated so poorly. I firmly believe that people who like their current insurance plans probably have several things in common.

Such as:

1. They don’t pay for them.

2. They’ve probably never used them.

3. They’re worried that some other plan would be worse. (Better the devil you know than the one you don’t.)

Although the public option is dead for now, I find it interesting that many of the big health insurers are so worried about complying with the new laws that they’re seeking waivers from having to follow them. It’s as if the worst abusers feel they can’t keep their houses in order without slapping their women around a bit, while the government agrees to look the other way.

Whatever ends up happening with the just-completed election, all I can do is hope that this country continues along the path just begun of providing meaningful healthcare at reasonable cost to all citizens.

*This blog post was originally published at Musings of a Dinosaur*


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