Message from Senator Maria Cantwell:
It doesn't matter if you're young or old, working or retired - at one time or another, we've ALL been frustrated by the health insurance system.
For years I have helped my mother with her health care, so I know exactly what it's like to try to navigate a system tilted in favor of insurance companies at the expense of patients.
Sometimes it feels like you're being nickel-and-dimed on claims. In other cases, you watch monthly premiums go up while your benefits stay the same. And sometimes it's hard to know whether your insurance will cover that trip to a specialist or that expensive prescription. And that's if you're lucky enough to have good health and good insurance.
Millions of American's have no coverage, and millions more have inadequate coverage. They live every day with the fear that getting sick or having an accident could spell financial ruin.
I promise to fight, and fight hard, to make sure that health care reform happens this year. But I need your help to make sure our citizens are heard. So please tell me your story. Share your experiences with the system. Share what you like or dislike about your coverage or share what it is like to live without coverage. Share your thoughts about what reforms are most important to you.
Share your thoughts on health care.
To protect the special interests that have a big stake in the current system, opponents of reform are doing everything in their power and spending whatever it takes to stop real change. It is essential to keep the debate focused where it belongs: on the challenges faced by health care consumers and the high costs that the current system exacts on our families. By sharing your health care story, you'll help me put a human face on a complex issue that often gets caught up in numbers, rules and regulations.
I want to hear from you today, so please share your thoughts.