It appears that we are getting closer to watching the U.S. Senate vote on health insurance reform bill that includes a public option - we'll see.
The fact that we have come this close, given all the misleading brouhaha over the summer is amazing in itself. Also amazing is that the prospective bill won't give liberals everything they want, but may provide what everyone has come to say is needed: some relief from the exorbitant costs of health care. It is amazing in that everyone - Democrats and Republicans - say that citizens need relief, yet aside from a prescription drug bill in the last administration that increased the costs of prescription drugs, prohibited government negotiation on costs and increased the deficit, nothing has been done.
In the meantime, the other inarguable fact is that, whether or not you agree that America has the best health care system in the world, it certainly costs its citizens the most - in more ways than one. Depending on whom you want to believe and how you want to slice the data, somewhere between 19% - 50% of bankruptcies in the country are related in some way to health care costs. A wide swing? You bet. But there are other countries which have us beat in this regard. Watch...
Deflections on the subject don't address the issue. The fact is, we do need help with health care that will make it possible for people who are ill to not go bankrupt as well - no matter how many there are.