Most people who are happy with their health insurance should know that a portion of their premiums goes towards lobbying efforts to prevent the uninsured from having health care. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to preserve an unsustainable status quo.
Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), one of the "Gang of Six," has already admitted that he will vote against any health reform bill, and that he's just trying to get concessions on the bill before it leaves the Senate Finance Committee. "If I hadn't been involved in this process as long as I have and to the depth as I have, you would already have national health care," he said. "It's not where I get them to compromise, it's what I get them to leave out."
The White House is beginning to admit that bipartisan support may not be possible. The fate of any health reform may be up to how many Blue Dog Democrats vote for it, and if you follow the lobbying dollars flowing to this group, you can see that the for-profit health care and insurance industries know where to focus their money. Their agenda is to kill the public option and eliminate any competition in the system.
That's why it is important if you are represented by a Blue Dog Democrat to make your voice heard. You may be competing against the health insurance industry, but at the end of the day your representative is going to vote with the majority of his constituents. Send your representative a letter in support of the public option.