Supporters of public health option hold rally in RoanokeHere's the kicker:
By Sarah Bruyn Jones, Roanoke Times
Marnie Miller wasn't sure she supported having a public plan option included in health reform, but she knew she supported having the cost of health insurance lowered.
With that conviction, Miller joined a rally Thursday in Roanoke to ask Sen. Mark Warner to support a public plan as Congress considers how to restructure health insurance for the nation.
"I don't know much about the politics," Miller, of Roanoke, said. "But I don't have health care because of the high cost."
Neither Miller nor her five children have health insurance. When they are sick they go to the emergency room.
A registered nurse and a single parent, Miller said she earns too much for her children to qualify for health insurance through the state, but not enough to afford the high cost of insurance.
"It would be $1,000 a month," she said. [link]
Like Miller, many of the approximately two dozen people gathered Thursday couldn't articulate the exact details of what a public option entails. Instead they talked about the outcomes they are interested in seeing, such as making insurance more affordable and eliminating the increased expense associated with having a pre-existing condition.Pre-existing conditions. An extremely expensive proposition. One that Warner - being a Democrat - will be more than willing to provide for, when his boys take charge of the program.
It'll all come down to gifts. Awards. To favorite and/or vocal constituencies.
And with each mandate, the cost of health care will climb.
And we'll be right back where we are today with the expense of care going through the roof.
Unless the Marnie Millers of the world are told, at some point ... no.
Have you ever heard a Democrat say no when it comes to health care?
Folks, there ain't enough money in the world ...