Pretty please?

Most Americans think some kind of public option must, by necessity, become part of our nation's health care mix. Senator Kay Hagan can help make that happen. She just needs a little asking.

Thanks.



Want to ask questions? These questions from a diary look pretty good for starters.

Do you support a public healthcare option as part of healthcare reform?

If so, do you support a public healthcare option that is available on day one?

Do you support a public healthcare option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to Congress?

Do you support a public healthcare option that can bargain for rates from providers and big drug companies.

Comments

Okay lurkers

I know you're out there.

This pretty please is for you. Click the link and tell Kay it's time to get behind a public option in health care.

contacting Kay

Done. And did it yesterday, too!

Thank you.

I did yesterday as well. Might have to make it a habit!

Does it count

if you call her once a day? They told me she hadn't made up her pretty little mind yet.

I think it's better if you call

but I am an internet hermit and talking to official people on the phone scares me. Thank god for the intertubes.

Don't be scared

It does a soul good to talk to a person even if he/she is a paid listener for your paid Senator. You are the boss you know!

I suck on the phone.

I have to write it or go visit in person. Phone ... no good. Prolly do more harm than good. Is her Raleigh office staffed?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Practice, practice, practice

Everything gets easier when you do it enough. I don't know if her Raleigh office is staffed but we ought to find out. Are we just paying rent and electricity for the addresses?

I know, right? :)

I remember calling Governor Easley's office about the Cliffside coal plant, and I was sort of expecting to get a machine. I ain't afraid to tell a machine what for, by God. But when a lady answered, it was like a brain freeze. The conversation went something like:

"Is the Governor around? Can he come to the phone? Is he real busy right now?"

"Yes sir, the Governor is very busy."

"Well, I wanted to let him know about Cliffside. You know, the coal plant. It's a bad idea. Really. Do you know what I'm talking about? Of course you do, the phone's probably been ringing off the hook."

"Yes sir."

"Well, just tell the Governor that I said—my name is Steve Harrison, by the way—tell him that I said it was not good at all, and we shouldn't be doing it."

"I will tell him, sir."

"Thank you. Seriously, thanks a lot."

"Thank you, sir."

After I hung up the phone, I cocked my head to the side, and said, "What the f**k did I just say?" :)

I emailed once

and again today. Sent the screeeeeeeeeed I put up as a post "My Dear Kay letter".

Its a bit wordy and meandering ... can't focus on anything at the moment I am SOOOOO mortified that a public option is even up for debate. It should be a GIVEN. Rs are laughing their asses off at our guys in DC right now. Laughing. No wonder our guys command no respect from the other side of the aisle.

meh... a pox on their house. Toadies. Shrinking violets. Sell-outs. WATBs. I really wish they'd snap out of their fear-induced trance and get a hold of themselves and realize what's really at stake here.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I will call her.

I am going to make a vow right now. I will call Sen. Hagan's DC AND Raleigh offices every day until she starts doing what I voted for her to do. In this case supporting a public option.

I know I may seem too critical of her performance first the tobacco bill and now this, but I feel that my vote was an investment in a promise to spport progressive bills and so far she is not looking like she wil get my vote in 2014.

BTW: This is exactly why I voted for Jim Neal in the primary, and still think he should run again, he would not have me questioning my vote right now.

Yay!

Emailed today. Calls at lunch. My itching to get it done might cause an early lunch today.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Senator Hagan's Phone Numbers

Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-6342
Fax: 202-228-2563

GREENSBORO OFFICE – STATE HEADQUARTERS
701 Green Valley Rd; Suite 201
Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: 336-333-5311
Fax: 336-333-5331

RALEIGH OFFICE
310 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-856-4630
Fax: 919-856-4053

Just want to reiterate: Senate Fin. Comm plan contains a mandate

(i.e., requirement) that every American purchase and maintain a health insurance plan, but no provision for a robust, affordable public option to compete with the insurance racketeers and keep their premium rates down, deductibles down and claims payments up.

As an experiment, I just requested a quote for health insurance for my son, a 22 year old recent college grad who last month was summarily kicked off my insurance plan and just this week was hired for a temp (min wage) job that he's incredibly excited about. Gross income for him will be $300/wk or about $1290 a month. That is Gross. He is single, childless and pays rent so no deductions.

The quotes I got from BCBSNC for this healthy young male adult all have deductibles. Their most comprehensive plan is not comprehensive at all. The best one is a $250 a month premium with office visit payments, prescription drug payments, 20% copay and a $250 deductible. It's like it is designed to look good but to keep a 22yr old guy earning min wage from going to the doctor until he's at the point of fearing for his life because his out of pocket for the first visit will be AT LEAST $100 if he needs meds ... BUT HE'S ALREADY PAYING OVER $250 a month for insurance!!!

two words

RIP. OFF.

The quotes from BCBSNC for this recent male college grad with low deductibles (

again

RIP. OFF.

So, failing a public option, do the good Senators Baucus, et al. intend to establish a Federal insurance commission to severely regulate health insurance rates so the Americans they require to have it can actually afford it? I'll go out on a limb here and predict that if they tell us we gotta a buy from the robbers who've been ripping the American people off for 30 years, there will be some serious political hell to pay.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."