Good For Weiner
We can be proud of our representative Anthony Weiner. We see him on the boardwalk in the summer. Now we see him all over TV. He deserves the attention. He is a principled man. I hope his influence in the house will influence the keeping of the Health Care bill strong and meaningful. He will have to fight to: • Give Americans the choice of a public option. Congress should model the final bill after the House version, which contains a national public option, the key to real competition, greater choice, and lower costs. • Make insurance affordable. Both bills require most Americans to have insurance. But even with subsidies, some people could pay up “ to 20% of their income on health care. The final bill must ensure families aren’t required to spend more than they can handle. • Protect women’s health care. Both bills impose dangerous new restrictions on women’s reproductive health care. While the House version is worse, neither provision can be in the final bill. • Finance health care fairly. The Senate would pay for part of reform by taxing the benefits packages of some working Americans. The House, on the other hand, pays for reform with a small surcharge on the wealthiest Americans—a far better approach. • Hold insurance companies to the same anti-trust laws as other companies. Right now, insurance companies are exempt from laws designed to prevent monopolies and price-gouging. The House bill would fix this, and so should the final bill.