My Note to President Obama in response to an email eliciting support for the ongoing health care intiative:

I received an OFA email just a little while ago telling me of all the hard work being done on health care, for which I thank you, Mr. President, and those of your exceptional staff.  But I have to say that I do have a line in the sand:  insurance companies are not part of the health care system.  They are part of the health care industry.  Any “reform” that does not address the quite different incentives implied in that distinction will fail.

Translation:  a public option is not window dressing.  It is an essential element of any real reform.  I’m not going to organize for America until and unless you bring this home right.

Sincerely,

Tom Levenson

Image:  attributed to Caravaggio, “The Toothpuller,” before 1610.

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4 Comments on “My Note to President Obama in response to an email eliciting support for the ongoing health care intiative:”

  1. sleepyeagle Says:

    The public option should be a part of any serious reform, let’s hope they don’t get intimidated by the Republicans.


  2. […] Levenson: . . . insurance companies are not part of the health care system. They are part of the health care i…   […]


  3. There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here. 🙂

  4. MARY PARKER Says:

    DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, ONE DAY YOU WILL BE 80 YEARS OLD , BUT YOU WILL NOT RELY ON A FIXED INCOME. MY MOM IS 81 RAISED SEVEN KIDS WALKED TO SCHOOL WITH US, AS SHE WORKED IN THE LUNCHROOM FOR 25 YEARS! SHE HAS ALWAYS DONE WITHOUT FOR US. NOW IT SHOULD BE HER TIME TO HAVE SOMETHING TO FEEL PROUD OF WHAT SHE HAS DONE WITH HER LIFE, WITHOUT SEVEN CHILDREN! SHE HAS STRUGGLED ALL HER LIFE ! AND IF YOU THINK THE 250.00 STIMULOUS CHECK WILL HELP, THERE IS NO WAY!THE COST OF LIVING HAS REALLY GONE UP. HAVE YOU BOUGHT A LOAF OF BREAD LATELY? I LOVE MY MOM DEARLY! SINCERELY, MARY PARKER


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