Health care in our country is broken. Ever since I watched Michael Moore’s Sicko, I’ve become increasingly interested in and disturbed by the current state of health care in the United States. Thousands of people are uninsured because they can’t afford it or they’ve been denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. As Rachel Maddow reported last week, one of the victims of the recent gym shooting, a 22-year-old woman who had just graduated from college—who hasn’t found a job yet that would provide health insurance and has aged out of her parents’ insurance coverage—didn’t have the money to cover her medical bills from the treatment of her gunshot wound, so her family and friends were having a car wash to help raise money for her. Medical bankruptcy is a common occurrence. Insurance companies try to find ways out of providing coverage. Drug companies have undue influence. Traditional medical care invests too little in prevention and alternative treatments. The problems are too many to list here, and I don’t know the half (or quarter or eighth) of it.

Everyday people—not just insurance giants and drug companies who can spend thousands of dollars on lobbying government officials and astroturfing against health-care reform—deserve to have their voices heard, and acted on, in this debate. We need affordable health care for everyone. We need integrated care. We need a public option.

Today I received an e-mail from MoveOn that featured a new video they coproduced with REM. Worth a watch. Worth making our voices heard. Worth action.

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