Tuesday, July 7, 2009

An Open Letter to Senator Max Baucus

Senator Baucus,

If you're so afraid of a government sponsored health plan, why don't you give up the one that you have as a senator? Why shouldn't all Americans have the kind of insurance that you and all the other federal employees enjoy?

One reason that my wife and I left the country is that we couldn't afford U.S. health care insurance premiums after I retired (I'm too young for Medicare).

Employer sponsored health plans are a joke. What about those who are unemployed or work for a company that doesn't provide that benefit? Employees who work for companies that do have insurance often become trapped in "job lock" because private insurance premiums are prohibitive. I know. I've been there.

If private health care is so much better than a government sponsored plan, then why can't the two be allowed to compete and let the people decide? Isn't that the American way?

Get real, Senator.