Thursday, November 12, 2009

Breaking News: 85% of Americans exempt from health reform

(i've got email - again.)

Hey! Good news for Tea Partiers! 85% of Americans will be exempt from President Obama's health reform plan.

How do I know? I read it in an email.

Well, kind of.

My husband got an email from a right-wing friend, with this picture in it:

Since I am a concerned blogger, I am dedicated to the truth, and I was extremely bored at the time, I looked up the page and line in question, from the Senate finance committee bill.

Sure enough! Page 114 Line 22 says that the Public Health Insurance Option will not be available to anyone who is covered under the Federal employees health benefits program.

So, Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Puppy Bo, Congress, and Senators will be unable to choose that option. Or, if you want to put it that way, they will be "exempt."

And guess what?? The VERY NEXT paragraph (Page 115, Line 1) says that anyone with "employer-sponsored coverage" is ALSO unable to choose the public option - I mean, "exempt from health care reform."

Think about this.

The right-wingers should be delighted! The 85% of Americans who are supposedly happy with their insurance coverage are EXEMPT from health care reform! Happy day!

There is no need to send any more emails. No reason to wear your baseball caps and accost your congress-people at Tea Parties. If you have insurance through your employer, the public option will not affect you. You are exempt.

Now please shut up and let the rest of us have a choice.



  1. The way I understand the public option is that it is only going to be for a small percentage of people- those with low incomes that need assistance to purchase insurance, those that have been without coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and others that will be allowed into the program because their employer is willing to pay the 8% fee to enroll. Does the Right really begrudge that small percent the right to coverage? I think people are confusing health care reform and the public option. They need to get informed before they criticize.

  2. Yes Rae, they really do begrudge them coverage. I read comments of small business owners that I know. A lot of them are against any public option. But they all live in the ritzy sections and don't have any problem affording their premiums. Sad isn't it...

  3. Yes, that's my point exactly. The public option would not be a choice for most people, even if they wanted it. Most of the people who are making such a fuss about the whole thing have no idea what they're talking about. They're afraid of the public option and "socialized" medicine. Just wait till they see what happens if we continue the status quo.