Erin Fox thinks that $100 is too much to pay for a bag of saline fluid — the price of which he learned as his daughter underwent leukemia treatment.
"What do we want?" he yelled to a group of 60 supporters Oct. 14 in front of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office on Lake Lansing Road.
"Health care!" they scream back.
"Who do we thank?" Fox demands.
Fox is the coordinator for Lansing's Move On Council, and will not set down the megaphone when it comes to providing citizens with a means to afford health care.
The cluster of citizens was gathered during their lunch break to say �thanks� to Stabenow for supporting a public health option throughout the ongoing health care reform debate.
"I think the concern is the public option will be better and cheaper. There is a fear on the part of insurance companies that people will migrate over to the public option," said Tracy Dobson, an East Lansing resident and professor of fish and wildlife at Michigan State University. "Because people will get what they need."
Stabenow was not at her office Wednesday, but said through a spokesman, �The bill I helped write in the (Senate) Finance Committee will end business as usual for the health insurance industry and will make it affordable for families. I strongly support a public choice for health insurance so that we can keep insurance companies honest and give Americans real options, and I hope we will add it to the final product.�
Bob Alexander, a former candidate for Congress and part of Mid-Michigan Coalition for National Health Care Reform, said $1.4 trillion is spent on private health care, and a total of $2.4 trillion is spent on all branches of health care.
"There's enough money in that $2.4 trillion to pay for decent health care for everyone in this country," he said.
Cheering for Stabenow, the crowd bundled against the cold expressing what they think is unfair about private health care: some people are dying because they can't afford to live.
This is the third event Fox has organized since September, including a "honk and wave" two weeks ago in front of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Lansing.
"When my daughter is old enough to purchase insurance, what insurance will she be able to get?" Fox asked, commenting on the exemption of patients with a pre-existing condition.
"It costs $10,000 for 3 shots in her legs-who can afford to pay that?"