I do agree with the ruling. There are many sides to this situation. Not every employer can afford to have health benefits for their employees. The cost of health insurance, not to mention the cost of health care, has risen tremendously. But these topics are separate from having a national health care plan.
I've been fortunate to have health care benefits for 20 years. However, the biggest medical expense I've had to date (knock on wood it stays this way) was when I was on the uninsured side of the coin. I was hospitalized with no health insurance. Paying for the CT scan, a doctor to read the CT scan, and my doctor wiped out my savings, forcing me to sign a promissory note to the hospital to pay that bill.
Realizing that medical costs are much higher now than they were 30 years ago, the time has come to have health insurance for everyone, especially for our kids. More importantly for me, though, is the requirement in the law that forces insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. Until now, nothing has stopped insurance companies from either denying insurance or forcing people with pre-existing conditions to pay outrageously. This situation is way past due for expiration.
-- Janet Sleater, Richland