State of The Union – What will it mean for Health Care Reform?


State of the Union needs to clarify the current position of the president with regards to health care.

Harry Reid’s position:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stressed Tuesday there was “no rush” to complete and pass a healthcare bill in the coming days or weeks.

via Reid: ‘No rush’ to finish healthcare – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.


State of the Union Guest Cindy Parker-Martinez’s postion:

Cindy Parker-Martinez (Belle Isle, FL)

Cindy is a mother of two young children, who shared her story of the problems her family faces with the current health care system at a Health Care Community Discussion held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, one of thousands of discussions held nationwide in December 2008. In April 2008, Cindy, her husband, and her son were all denied insurance coverage on the individual insurance market because of pre-existing conditions. Her 11-month old daughter was also denied coverage due to an insurance company age requirement of 12 months. Both Cindy and her husband are currently uninsured because they cannot afford the insurance offered at her husband’s employer. Although they previously paid their premium, they could not afford to keep up the monthly payments after receiving thousands of dollars in medical bills from her husband’s unexpected 6-day hospital stay for pneumonia. Their family’s income is too high for them to qualify for Medicaid. Cindy and her husband currently have no insurance and have thousands of dollars in medical debt.

via Ezra Klein – The SOTU guest list.

It’s the choice of the congressional Democrats and the President.