Thought I’d post the letter I recently sent to the White House in response to their recent outrageous e-mail promoting the president’s healthcare plan:
Your senior advisor, David Axelrod recently sent an interesting and ridiculous letter to me trying to bolster support for your healthcare reform initiatives. I frankly found it offensive, factually inaccurate, arrogant, and hypocritical.
It decried those objecting to government-run healthcare as using “rumors” and “misleading the public”. I have family and coworkers who’ve received medical care at the hands of the VA, and vastly prefer private care from their employers over a government system they consider a joke. I personally volunteered for three years at a state-run home for the elderly (Missouri’s now closed Truman Restorative Center) and saw how horribly government-run “healthcare” treats people.
If you want to reform healthcare, fix the existing problems with the VA system and Medicare (widely thought to lose $70+ billion to fraud annually–almost 20% of its budget). Perhaps then claims that a government system could cut costs might be believed.
Additionally, some among your administration have accused those opposing government care or skeptical of its efficiency as engaging in “scare tactics”. This is the height of hypocrisy, as Mr. Axelrod later writes, ” If we do nothing, millions more Americans will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or see their coverage suddenly dropped if they become seriously ill. Out-of-pocket expenses will continue to soar, and more and more families and businesses will be forced to deal with health insurance costs they can’t afford.”
Your administration is engaging in scare tactics unfounded in fact. Both my mother and I have chronic health conditions which are expensive to treat (my medication is billed at $1200 for three months, and yet my insurance covers $1100 of this cost). Neither of us suffered loss of coverage or a prohibitive increase in premiums.
We’re quite happy with our healthcare, thank you very much.
You and Mr. Axelrod claim Americans like me “deserve a healthcare system we can trust”. We have it, and to quote Mr. Axelrod once again, “That’s the reality,” not your administration’s propaganda.