Michelle Obama on Health Care Reform

Last weekend, PunditGirl and I visited my younger stepdaughter out of town.  As we were hanging out at her apartment on Sunday morning, she pulled out a few bills to pay.  One of them was her health insurance bill.

My stepdaughter works in the fashion industry in New York as an independent contractor, so she doesn’t have access to any employer-based health insurance or group insurance.  She had to find insurance on her own and pay the full freight — almost $1,000.  She’s young and healthy and is rarely sick, and it still costs her almost $12,000 a year.

Of course, to me that sounds cheap, since the PunditMom family also pays for the full cost of our health insurance since Mr. PunditMom is a partner at his law firm.  We don’t get any employer subsidies and can’t use reimbursement accounts that can come in handy — that is, if you have the money to put into them.

I worry about the day, which I have a feeling will come, when an insurance company says no.  Like they did to my fellow MOMocrats Karoli and Sheila.

Everybody has a story about brushes with health insurance failure.  Even Michelle Obama.

Earlier today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she doesn’t have the votes for a “robust” public option, but hopes there will be support for a modified plan.

Here’s my thought — any Senator or Congressman who is against the public option has to go for a year without their guaranteed, government provided health insurance, and try to purchase an equivalent policy on the open market or pay for the full costs of their own health care.

I bet we’d get a public option after that in a split second.

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3 Responses to “Michelle Obama on Health Care Reform”

  1. Lisse Says:

    $1000 is a mortgage payment in some places.

    As one of those people with a pre-existing condition, I’m lucky to have insurance through my husband’s employer. However, that is no guarantee that they won’t say “no” to me at some point in the future.

  2. amber Says:

    Both my husband and I are self employed and work abroad (Mexico, to be exact.) We too pay for our own coverage and it is $$$. I would take the security of the public option in a heartbeat!

    Between working abroad and self-employed I know that there is WAY too many loopholes and WAY too much fine print to be confident in the fact that we’d actually be covered if catastrophe were to strike. I just cover my eyes, mail the check, and hope for the best.

    Health Care is a RIGHT, not an OPTION.


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