Public Health Care. Now

By Ben Cohen

Bob Cesca sums it up:

I’m anxiously anticipating the public health insurance option — as long as it’s not crapped up with triggers or trap doors.

Actually, “anticipating” doesn’t suffice to define my mood right

now. I need it. My family needs it. Because the private health

insurance companies have essentially told me that either they want all

of my money, or nothing. And if I were to acquiesce to their thievery,

I could once again count on premiums randomly being jacked

up and, as so many Americans have experienced, coverage being outright

denied, all for the sake of profit margins, stock quotes and obscene

executive salaries.

A government healthcare plan, on the other hand, would be

specifically tailored for stories like mine, and it’s my only real

chance of having health insurance anytime soon.

I’m lucky enough to have no pre-existing conditions, but my rates have still gone up. I am going to leap at the public plan as soon as it is made available. I’ll even pay more than I’m paying now just to spite the criminal enterprise that call itself ‘health insurance’.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.