Viewpoint: Up close and personal with universal health care
By Jim Rosapepe
September 17, 2009
As President Barack Obama pointed out in his health care speech last week, there are a lot of lies being told about his health insurance reform plan.
But he didn't even mention the biggest lie - that universal health care in European democracies doesn't work. The truth is that universal health care has been tested for decades, and it does work. I'm alive to tell the story.
A little over a year and a half ago, I was hit by a car in
Today, I can walk, drive, and dance (unfortunately, not any better than I could before). And my American health insurance company, CareFirst, paid less to put me back together in
That's the personal reason I support President Obama's health insurance reform plan. Comprehensive, national care worked for me and works for middle-class families across
It's easy to find people to who wanted elective surgery in
Obviously, the rich and the powerful will always get special deals for themselves - even in Communist countries. It's not fair, but it's reality. The drug companies, the doctors, the hospitals and the insurance companies will always fight for their own advantages - now and after President Obama's insurance reform is passed. There is no perfect solution on this earth.
But decades ago, countries such as
One day in
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What President Obama has proposed has been tested over decades, and it works. I've tested it myself in three countries.
Presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton tried to get all Americans the good medical care that I got in
I hope not.
Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Democrat of College Park, is a member of the Health Subcommittee of the Maryland State Senate. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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