George Graham

Here’s the Scoop on Health Care Reform – from the President Himself

I’ve been blogging about health care, and I hope I haven’t made too much of a hash of it. But in case I have, this letter I received yesterday from the President of the United States should set the record straight:


Dear Friend,

If you’re like most Americans, there’s nothing more important to you about health care than peace of mind.

Given the status quo, that’s understandable. The current system often denies insurance due to pre-existing conditions, charges steep out-of-pocket fees – and sometimes isn’t there at all if you become seriously ill.

It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections:

  • No discrimination for pre-existing conditions
  • No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays
  • No cost-sharing for preventive care
  • No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill
  • No gender discrimination
  • No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
  • Extended coverage for young adults
  • Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid

Learn more about these consumer protections at

Over the next month there is going to be an avalanche of misinformation and scare tactics from those seeking to perpetuate the status quo. But we know the cost of doing nothing is too high. Health care costs will double over the next decade, millions more will become uninsured, and state and local governments will go bankrupt.

It’s time to act and reform health insurance, drive down costs and guarantee the health care security and stability of every American family. You can help by putting these core principles of reform in the hands of your friends, your family, and the rest of your social network.

Thank you,

Barack Obama

There. I couldn’t have said it better myself. But you probably don’t need the President to tell you that:

Over the next month there is going to be an avalanche of misinformation and scare tactics from those seeking to perpetuate the status quo.

Unless you’re hiding in a cave, you have most likely been exposed to some of the preposterous lies created by opponents of health care reform. The latest Big Lie, spread through advertising and the media, and even brought up by Republicans in Congress, is that a government plan would include killing off old people. No, I am not kidding. You can get the details from this video of a segment of Wednesday’s Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC:

What will these lowlifes think of next?

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for