Despite the best efforts of the special interest groups, there seems to be a breath of life left in the pending health care legislation. One of my favorite sayings is, "Where there's life, there's hope". For the sake of ALL Americans, not just the rich, I am going to give the health care issue some quick CPR.
In my travels, both in person and on Twitter, I've met many people who have had their lives destroyed by our present for profit health care system. Some of them have gone into bankruptcy because they couldn't pay their medical bills. Some friends are suffering with major illnesses like cancer without the benefit of health insurance. Tragically, others have lost family members to conditions that would be minor issues, but escallated to life threatening and life taking conditions because they didn't have insurance and couldn't pay the pound of flesh that is needed to get "the best health care in the world", under the present system of greed that we call health care in the "good old USA".
What galls me is that almost every industrialized country in the world has some sort of national health care except for our country. Yet, special interest groups, who have been profiting from our present system for years, have been able to convince certain segments of the middle class that having a universal health care safety net that covers everyone is somehow bad for them.
Some of you are going to blame the right wing radio and TV media for blowing the astro-turfed town hall meetings and demonstrations out of proportion, but the mainstream media has also been guilty of giving the people involved in those demonstrations lots of face time and lots of false credibility. There's plenty of blame to go around, so let's move on to my favorite culprits..
Most of our electeds seem to be listening to health insurance lobbyists and not to the REAL voices of the people who elected them. The Republicans seem to support the big corporate insurance interests and not those of the average working person, big surprise there. The Democrats appears to be a house divided. The efforts of many good intentioned members of that party are thwarted by the blue dog democrats, who are marching to the tune of the Republican party's drum.
The blue dogs cause just enough problems to tie up legislation that benefits the average voter. That amounts to a virtual one party system.
The cure for any foot-dragging on health care is to make our electeds walk a mile in our shoes. Take away their taxpayer financed health insurance and make them buy their own individual policies from the same insurance corporations that we have to deal with. Currently, we are all paying for their insurance out of our taxes, even those of us who have no insurance of our own, yet they have the nerve to deny that p! When it effects their health care, they will give use national health care in the blink of an eye.
Now a few loose ends:
1- Mr. President, I hear rumors from various sources that your interest in getting a health care bill passed is waining. That was one of the main reasons that I supported and voted for you in the last election. Mr. President, say it ain't so.
2- I want each and every one of you to keep calling your elected representatives. Tell them that you want single-payer health care, but will settle for a public option.
3- Give yourself a hand because you are the driving force behind The Jack Wade Show.
Stay tuned because my next show is going to be a blockbuster!