Members of South Carolina’s Congressional delegation are squeezing in meetings, forums and town hall meetings with their constituents before the Labor Day recess is over.Congressman and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn will be gathering Democrats before the Congress returns from recess–to try to reach some agreement on health care reform.
A close advisor to the Obama Administration and one of the most powerful men in Congress, Clyburn this week has been trying to rally his own constituents. He is asking South Carolinians to keep two things in mind.
“First of all, all of us are subject to find ourselves one day, looking for an insurance claim to be paid, and being denied because of what may be a preexisting condition or a catastrophic illness that the insurance company doesn’t want to assume responsibility for. These things are happening over and over again,” he says.
Clyburn says, at the least, he wants to cure that problem in health care. Also, preventive care should not have high co-pays and deductibles. He says, “All of us grew up with that old adage,’An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ If that’s true, the extent to which we can prevent illnesses can save 16 to 1. And so I would hope that people would just get serious about what we’re trying to do here.”
The White House –and Clyburn–are still wrestling with preserving the public option in their health care reform agenda.