Reagan Gomez, the voice behind The Cleveland Show’s saucy Roberta, is sick with her health care knowledge
I’m from Detroit—right on the [Canadian] border—so knowing that people actually cross the border to get health care and then come back, I don’t blame them. We’re one of the richest countries in the world, yet our health care system is shit. It’s common knowledge—the most successful insurance companies are the ones who deny the most coverage. So even if you have health insurance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be covered.
We need a major overhaul. The public option [health care plan] is a good thing. Just like we have public schools and private schools, you’ll be able to get what works for you and your family. People get uptight—“I don’t want the government telling me what company or what doctor I have to go to!” But when you have [insurance through] a job, your employer makes those decisions, so it’s the same thing.
I don’t necessarily think you should have to buy health insurance. The more important thing is to make sure people who want insurance have an option to either buy a policy they can afford or get free insurance from the public option. No one wants taxes to go up, but look at what taxes are paying for now: a war that’s been going on for eight years. I’d rather my tax dollars go towards health care and schools, things we actually need. —As told to John Kennedy
*At press time, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) was passed by the House of Representatives. If approved by the Senate, the bill would guarantee coverage for 96 percent of Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
This article appears in the Winter 2009 issue of VIBE. Check out the follow-up here.