The Time for You to Act on Health Care Insurance Reform Is Now
As you read this, the final touches are being placed on the final version of the health care reform bill. (A process which could take weeks.) Republicans have cut themselves out of the process because they take health care to be a political, not a health-related, issue. Democrats are still unadjusted to actually being in power. In other words, the Democrats have gone from being the party of “Why Not?” to “Yes We Can,” which is a huge transition and one that it is not clearly within their ability to handle, and the Republicans have gone from the party of “No, you can’t” to “NO!!!!11!! No!!!!11!!! Waaah!!! Waaaah!” Which they’re pretty good at.
This particular piece by Rachel Maddow does a good job of summarizing the political situation at this particular historic juncture using a fanciful running sports metaphor.
Delay, define, and derail. Indeed.
One of the issues being discussed is allowing a public option in the bill, but then allowing individual states…the stupid states like Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, I assume…to not partake in that. I’m all for doing that as long as we also sign two agreements: 1) Nobody from the stupid states can move to a smart state, ever, and 2) Real election reform has to happen in the stupid states so the people who tend to not be represented in the elections, but who will be screwed by an opt-out option, get to partake in electing their representatives next time around.
In the end, the politicians who are going to decide what this bill will look like, and exactly how to crack the heads that will be cracked to make it happen, know that the public option is popular. Everyone wants it. Like Keith says:
My theory is that the negotiators have been claiming that the public option is in play because they have some kind of secret strategy that will guarantee us a public option. We will only understand what this plan is with historical hindsight.
The backup plan by the Republicans: They will repeal the bill. Here is the plan from the guy who, sadly, could probably pull this off if we keep pandering to the right in this country:
One may well ask, why are Republicans like New Gingrich, who are not presently in office, telling us that the main thing they want to see happen is a rollback of reforms that have not even happened yet, when what we really should be doing is asking very different questions. Like this.
Approximately one half of this country wants health care insurance reform because they realize that the health care insurance industry has become a parasite on one sixth of our economy to the detriment of our ability to provide for ourselves as a people and to stand with moral equivalence in the ranks of industrialized nations. The other half of this country is senselessly screaming, in the shrillest voice possible, to oppose health care reform because they see any reform of any program by a black president to be a form of contamination of our white society.
It would not matter if the major issue of the day was health care insurance reform, banking reform, restructuring of the military, civil rights reform, detente, reengagement with some isolated foreign policy, peace in the Mideast, or whether to have peas with your mash potatoes. Obama is the Antichrist, he is working for the lizard people, and anything he does or says is wrong. And he’s a black guy.
In observing the vitriolic, over-the-top fight to NOT have heath care insurance reform, organized by the status quo but carried out by the working class slobs who have been enamored with the Republican Party since Rush Limbaugh became its titular head a couple of decades back, you are observing the single most powerful act of spite ever carried out by any group of humans in all of history.
Please call your representative in the House and Senate today. Remember, you have two senators and one representative in the House. Three phone calls. It’s kinda now or never.
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