Health Care Reform: Congress Needs to Protect Americans, Not Insurance Companies
By Mark Dunlea, Executive Director
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Co-Chair, Single Payer New York (www.singlepayernewyork.org)
As Congress negotiates health care reform, Democratic leaders have put the interests of insurance companies ahead of the needs of American citizens. If Americans want an affordable, quality health care system that enables consumers to choose whom they receive health care services from, private for-profit insurance companies must be eliminated.
Michael Moore’s movie SICKO correctly highlighted the problems with insurance companies rather than the problem of the uninsured. While the lack of health insurance is estimated to kill 18,000 Americans annually, for-profit insurance companies kill far more with their unreasonable denial and delay in approving treatment as they seek to maximize their profits.