Mary Lee Cerillo writes the following about the health care reform rally with President Obama this morning at George Mason University.
Have just returned from the Health Care Reform event at George Mason University. It was unbelievable to see the thousands upon thousands of like-minded Americans of all ages and walks of life supporting our President and Health Care reform. The Patriot Center was packed with very few open seats and the crowd stood for the President during his entire speech.
The supporters for Health Care Reform far outnumbered the one hundred or so people who were outside the Patriot Center protesting. Many of their signs were the usual misconceptions and lies about Health Care and what America needs to do for its citizens. It was business as usual with protestors sure that Health Care Reform will kill granny, will be given to illegal immigrants and will involve a government take over. What the signs didn’t say was that Health Care Reform and the bill to be voted on this weekend involves a commonsense bill that takes into account both the ideas from Democrats AND from Republicans. Rather than insurance companies or the government controlling our health care, control will be given back to the American people.
President Obama laid out three goals of Health Care Reform. They include:
1. Ending the worst practices of insurance companies. This will be a “Patient Bill of Rights on Steroids.” Thousands will have the right to buy health are. Denying coverage to kids with preexisting conditions will be no more. Insurance companies dropping coverage when a patient gets ill, will cease. Young students will have the right to stay under their parent’s health care until the age of 26 which will provide them with some security.
2. Small business owners will get the same choices as members of Congress do, in choosing health care. They will receive tax credits. This will be paid for by the elimination of fraud. It will be paid for up front unlike the past administration who passed a prescription bill that was never paid for ad resulted in a huge addition to the federal deficit. President Obama promised young people that a credit card wouldn’t be taken out in their name to pay for Health Care Reform.
3. The cost of health care will go down. Individuals cost will decrease from 14-20%. Employees costs would go down $3,000 per employee. Who knows? Maybe that might result in a raise which would be a totally new concept for so many employees who have forgotten what it’s like to get a raise in their paycheck. Health Care Reform will also reduce the federal deficit whereas the so called fiscal conservatives raised the deficit by 1 trillion dollars. Now their mantra is we can’t afford this. This was said about both Social Security
President Obama has the courage of his convictions to not care what the polls say. They don’t matter. We need do this for Americans because it’s the right thing to do!!!!!!!
The Time for Change and Reform is NOW.
Thanks to all of you who came out today and showed your support for our President!!!! The crowd and support are still very much for President Obama.. God Bless America and let’s hope this weekend our legislators do what’s right for our citizens.