I support a strong public option for health care. When I was in the Navy (I served on the USS Bordelon and USS Paiute), I had government health care. Welfare recipients have government health care. SCHIP, a government program, takes care of a lot of kids. Working poor who are underinsured or have no insurance show up at the ER and get (taxpayer-subsidized) health care. The well off can afford health care. Who's left? The workers with health care from employers and workers struggling to make payments on their own.
I looked into the cost of COBRA coverage as of Oct. 21. How about $1,200 a month and it's going up! You folks know nothing ever goes down! It's supposed to double in 10 years.
You can call it socialism or anything you want , but the average Joes and Janes are getting creamed.
As for the right wing and the seniors who have been scared by them and are against the public option, give back the money from socialist programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Coming off what has been termed the American century, it is a shame we are more like or headed toward an England of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol"!
To our representatives: Vote for the people, not the shareholders and the CEOs this time; make your mark for the American people. History awaits you, and we the people await you.
RONALD J. MALIK