I just sent this letter to my Senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner.
Please REJECT the current healthcare bill.
The current healthcare "reform" bill does NOTHING to reform malpractice suits, frivolous or otherwise, which are the major cause of increasing healthcare costs.
The bill requires, for the first time in US history and with neither legal nor Constitutional precedent, that all citizens purchase a product or service for simply living, and provides steep penalties for those who choose not to have the service.
The bill includes heavy taxes on the healthcare industry, which will further increase costs as these taxes are passed on to the customers.
The bill requires government-sponsored insurance "options", which inherently and unfairly compete against existing insurance companies, since the government plans have no need to operate at a profit, to break even financially, or to provide good customer service once the existing insurance has been run out of business.
The bill does not provide for private competition, as existing prohibitions against purchasing services from companies in other states are still in effect.
The bill continues biases against personal insurance coverage by not allowing tax deductibility unless the insurance is provided through an employer.
The bill includes government bureaucratic oversight, contrary to promises that "no government bureaucrat will come between you and your doctor."
As an example:
A "task force" has already been established that now "recommends" women who were previously recommended to get mammograms every year after age 40 now only get them every other year and then only after age 50. Just to be clear, the data has not changed, only the recommendations.
Right now, the United States has the best cancer survivorship in the world. If this healthcare plan is instituted, many thousands of women will die who would before have survived, and thousands of women who would have had a simple treatment and rapid recovery will now have to endure long, complex, painful (and expensive) treatments, because their cancer was not caught early.
In summary, this plan causes more problems without solving the existing ones.
Please both vote and speak against this horrendous plan.