Health Care Reform in a Nutshell

The Republicans are engaging in fascist tactics to repress town hall Democracy while spitting out the most vicious and fearful lies they can think up.

The misnamed center straight up wants to kill health care reform.

The Democrats are working to ensure whatever reform exists will have as little meaning as possible, keeping the control with a handful of private for profit companies that literally get away with murder. (Which boils down to the essential question, what do we do to stop the systematic betrayal by people we fundraise, organize and vote for?)

The President is on a promise breaking spree, trying to see how firmly he can fasten the phrase “have politics as usual” onto the end of “yes we can”.

Privileged members of the press
with access to influence public opinion fundamentally do not understand health care as a basic human right.

Health Care in this country managed by companies that exist to make money, not to ensure Americans get health care. Health Care costs are such that individual Americans cannot hope to afford their care without outside assistance. Thus even covered Americans have no protection against the whims of insurance executives. What they do directly amounts to murder.

Yet our reform process is being led by Democrats willing to make concessions on vital points, and then give those up at even the appearance of opposition. It is being opposed by Republicans, the health care industry and a media willing to go to any length to prevent meaningful change, including lying and inciting violence. What little hope we have in government is in the timid Progressive Caucus. Health Care is a human right, and absolutely every power player in this game is working to ensure we change nothing of substance.

Funny that, in a country where 72% of the nation wants health care reform. Makes you wonder why WE aren’t on the streets protesting. Makes you wonder a lot of things.

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4 Responses

  1. As a proud centrist, I’m appalled by your characterization. A lot of us voted for Obama and wholeheartedly support healthcare reform. I’m also disconcerted that you attack the President for not being able to bridge the partisan divide. On one hand, you blame him for not reaching the opposition, while on the other, you blame him for trying to find compromise.
    Although I agree with your position – favoring healthcare reform, this is a dreadfully poorly written post.

    • Can you explain how your position, supporting healthcare reform, is centrist? Thanks for attacking how well my post was written, great way to make your point.

      As for the President, did I make any mention of him bridging the partisan divide? What I blame him for is giving into lobbyists when he campaigned so fiercely against their power and access. I blame him for failing to put his foot down on an issue where 72% of Americans, including both of us, want to see him succeed.

      Compromise between the White House and lobbyists is quite a different thing between compromise between Democrats and Republicans. Though to drive this point home further, catering to Republicans does not lead to votes. Time and again they have shown they will vote against whatever this administration advocates for. Working for compromise with people who are perfectly happy telling their supporters to violently disrupt town hall meetings, and who spread lies about “death councils” will lead nowhere but failure.

    • And I sir, as a proud knee-jerk progressive liberal, think that Dan could not have gotten it more correctly. The dissapointment many of us feel over the seeming reluctance of Obama to make a stand, is what is leading to his lagging popularity. Keep up the good fight Dan. Peace to you.

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