In an emotional town hall in suburban Annandale, VA today, President Obama spoke with Americans who shared their nightmarish experiences with the existing health insurance industry.
In pledging his commitment to health care reform, Obama spoke favorably of the so-called public option, a government-sponsored health care plan that would operate in competition with private insurance. Recent polls show an overwhelming number of Americans favor the public option when considering health care reform.
Public forums like the one the president held today have given Americans a high-profile way to air their troubles – and have distinguished Obama as a great “Listener In Chief.”
But at the risk of overplaying the dreaded empathy card, Obama is doing even more to highlight Americans’ agonizingly real problems with the cost, availability and quality of their health care.
The folks at Organizing for America, Obama’s grassroots political organizing arm, have compiled an archive of personal stories from regular Americans who share their health care horrors. Organized by city (there are a number of Albuquerque ones), the archive chronicles real problems from real people, in their own voices. It’s a great outlet for people who want to talk about why our health care system is screaming for reform – and a handy resource for those who still need convincing.
Check it out.