President Obama is trying to reform our broken health care system, which has left more than 45 million Americans uninsured and millions more with insurance that won't provide the treatment they need.
Some in Congress are with Obama. But the insurance industry, with help from Republicans and so-called centrist Democrats, is leading the charge to kill a key part of his plan -- a government-run insurance plan that would increase the number of Americans covered, called the "public option." Industry groups are spending millions -- $35 million in lobbying costs alone -- to convince people that they won't be able to choose their doctor, that government will be making their medical decisions, that they'd be forced to take the government's plan, and that the plan is part of some socialist plot -- all lies. In reality, the insurance industry is trying to protect its enormous profits on the backs of everyday people.
Our opportunity to address the disparities that keep too many of us from enjoying long, healthy lives is now.
Please join me in telling our lawmakers that the first step toward improving our health care system is including a public plan that makes good health something everyone can afford.