Last night, President Obama said he wanted ideas on health care reform.
Obama put it this way:
“If anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know. I’m eager to see it.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner raised his hand.
So did Dr. Margaret Flowers.
Unfortunately, Dr. Flowers is not from either party.
Last year, she decided to drop out of the Democratic Party because “both major political parties have failed our patients and us.”
But she nonetheless took up Obama’s offer.
Dr. Flowers has a plan that would fit Obama’s criteria.
Single payer, everybody in, nobody out.
Medicare for all.
And this morning, she traveled to the White House to deliver a letter to Obama spelling out her reasons why.
Unfortunately, when Doctor Flowers tried to deliver her letter to Obama, White House security turned her away.
For security reasons, the White House doesn’t accept hand-delivered letters.
Unless of course, you are with PhRMA or Blue Cross/Blue Shield or the insurance industry.
Then you get to meet with budget director, health care guru, and man about town Peter Orszag and deliver it mano a mano.
Ah yes, the personal is political.
Onward to single payer.
This article was first published in the Web site of Single Payer Action on 28 January 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.