The Opposition To Health Care Reform

Although we strongly support the important reforms made by the Senate-passed health reform package, including a strong public option would improve both its substance and the public’s perception of it,” Bennet wrote to Reid in a letter cosigned by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Saying Americans don’t want health care reform with a public option is like saying we don’t want private schools without a public school option. It makes little sense. Odds are, even if you don’t want it, you’ll make good use of it when it’s implemented, just like other Americans who desperately need it. 

Three months ago I wrote a blog called 20 Things To Consider About Healthcare Reform with the intention of bringing to light some of the most glaring detractors that stand in the way of health care reform from my limited point of view. I’m talking about true health care reform. I won’t consider it true reform unless it includes a public option. With the unregulated flow of false information clogging the political grapevine, most people are too far gone to understand that even with a public option the majority of health care provisions will remain under private ownership. Private insurers will retain their stock and those against the public option can opt to stay with their current insurance providers. Insurance companies may even feel compelled to raise costs while lowering premiums for the sake of competition, which points to the root of the problem. 

The majority of Americans that stand to benefit from a public option are the working and middle class. Republicans in general seem to have great disdain at being painted as poor or working class even when their particular demographic suggests so. It’s not that there are no poor or uninsured Republicans, they simply won’t admit to it. As if considering oneself Republican immediately raises you above the social bar. It speaks to an imaginary wealth that only comes with conservative inclusion into its elite “good old boys” club. There is a false sense of singular importance among [some] working and middle class Republicans that trickles down from [some] of the self-serving, corporate interests that pollute the disgruntled, extreme, conservative upper class, i.e., Palin & Co. 

When the party with the least members not only threatens to, but through alternate means carries out the obstruction of highly important legislative measures filtering through Congress, then there are serious problems. Where there’s a threat to filibuster a reform bill of this magnitude, then it should be done in the standard way. Legislatures have every right to endorse the plan they believe works in the best interest of their constituents. However, we already know the public option is supported by the majority of the house, the majority of the senate, the President of the United States and a majority of his constituents. So what’s the problem?

There exists an incredible lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Another issue of concern is the Republican use and abuse of the filibuster in ways never before seen. A filibuster is an effective way to obstruct or prevent a vote from occurring on what is normally considered an important or standard piece of legislation. They threatened to filibuster the health care bill unless certain aspects were revised, removed or reinstated. In response, Democrats should exert their power by way of a process known as reconciliation, which is a severely restrictive means of circumventing a filibuster. It only requires a simple majority to pass, however that could cause some key things to remain out of the bill, such as requiring insurers to accept people with pre-existing conditions. In essence, it would shut out the minority party – Republicans – but it would likely invoke increased negative reaction.

Sadly, fewer and fewer politicians care more about the will of the people than they do about maintaining their jobs. There is a broad range of corporate money and power that comes along with politicking which makes each vote a political opportunity rather than a show of strength and leadership on behalf of ones constituents. 

And then there are statements like this, which are all too common now.

“There is absolutely no moral imperative for the gov’t to provide health care to its citizens.”

I beg to differ. They just don’t want all Americanas to have health care. They’re more okay with giving government handouts to small to large corporations than giving it back to the people that are supposed to effect the greatest change and progress. Obama stated that if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Health care reform isn’t about whether or not conservatives like or even love their health insurance anyway. Every single year there are thousands of people who have paid their insurance premiums yet are denied medical coverage for any number of reasons. Insurance premiums are set to rise across the board this year, 2010, and it’s already happening, yet competition is bad? Some people are seeing their private insurance premiums rise up to 33% increases yet their typical response is to express anger at the government instead of the insurance companies.

The majority of Americans are not wealthy. Not even the majority of Republicans are wealthy. They’re hard working middle class Americans just like their Democrat and Independent counterparts. Sadly, many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford insurance, but there is great resistance on the part of Republicans and a few Democrats (In Name Only) to extend provisions to all. It doesn’t help that insurance companies have an unofficial army of regular, unpaid citizens who passionately lobby on their behalf. Politicians from both sides do the same thing except they’re paid quite well for their efforts on the hill. 

What’s worse are conservative talking points generated by miscreants like Limbaugh and Beck whose arguments against health care reform and a public option begin to spread like fire through the conservative ranks, thus creating a whole new crop of unfounded fear. The arguments the conservative working and middle class make against a public option are a result of irrational fear and crass political tactics aimed at spreading lies and misinformation such as the dreaded death panels. 

To get the public option reinstated, Democrats will have to have to rely on sheer mental will power, an imposing show of strength and leadership that goes beyond just the idea of hope and change and capitalizes off of the massive support from the American people who have entrusted them to actually implement that hope while keeping the change.  The party that shows the least amount of courage receives the least amount of respect. And If there’s one thing Republicans have that Democrats do not, it’s a potent and virile base that respects the party line way more than the party politician. With that said, there’s nowhere for the Democratic party to go but up, however they must grow a pair of cajones first. If they fail, health care reform dies.

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  1. jacksmith says:

    My Fellow Americans and People Of The World

    A strong Government-run MEDICARE like Public Option is STILL! CRITICAL!

    We have had a long hard struggle to find out what would be the BEST! that this congress and the Whitehouse could do to fix our highly dangerous, poor quality, most costly, and MOST! disgraceful healthcare delivery system in the world. It is clear that congress can do much more for the American people than what is proposed so far.

    It is clear that congress can pass a strong GOVERNMENT-run public option CHOICE. Available to everyone on day one. Expand Medicare and not levy any new taxes on workers healthcare benefits and plans. LET THIS BE YOUR LINE IN THE SAND!

    Lastly, there can be NO! INDIVIDUAL MANDATES without a strong Government-run MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. Or the American people WILL! and SHOULD! revolt with an all out CIVIL WAR against congress and this Government.

    House and Senate progressives and the tri-caucuses should aggressively push for the inclusion of a strong Public Option, Medicare expansion, and no new taxes on workers healthcare benefits and plans. If the obstructionist kill meaningful healthcare reform, then you should kill this bill. Because it will be far worse than the healthcare disaster we have now. It's failure will be on the obstructionist heads. And they will be punished and replaced.

    WITHOUT A PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE, THIS BILL WILL KILL FAR MORE AMERICANS THAN IT WILL SAVE.

    What is proposed in the Senate bill is the worst case scenario for health-care reform. It would shift trillions of taxpayer, public and private dollars into the hands of the private insurance industry (The single most costly, deadly and dangerous product sold in America). And it would compel by law millions of Americans to financially support this oxymoronic criminal enterprise. You cant have a individual MANDATE WITHOUT A STRONG PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE!

    You will have NO! realistic way of controlling cost and quality. Cost will continue soaring through the roof bleeding the American people dry, and KILLing our economy. And our quality of healthcare will continue to decline below our current ranking of "WORST! quality of healthcare delivery in the developed World".

    From the very start, the American people have been crystal clear about what they wanted. They wanted a humane single payer system like the rest of the developed world has (HR676). Or at least a humane strong GOVERNMENT-run public option CHOICE!! This is what the American people gave the democrats control of the house, control of the senate, and control of the Whitehouse to do.

    Those of you that can, should prepare now to remove every member of congress that fails to support YOUR healthcare reform with a strong Public Option, Medicare expansion, and no new taxes on workers healthcare benefits and plans. Run against them in teams if you have to. But take them out. And replace them with a strong single payer or PRO PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE candidate.

    Now! is the time to bring maximum pressure on your members of congress. Contact your representatives and spread the word.

    The Public Option http://tinyurl.com/yfftf76

    A Strong, government-run, MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. Available to everyone on day one, with the full unfettered power of the federal government to regulate, negotiate, and control cost and quality. Would be the most workable way to deal with this global crisis at this time. Including patent suspensions as needed for national security or the greater good.

    As an American I invite the peoples of the World to help us fix our healthcare crisis. And bring pressure on our government to meet it's responsibility to protect global security by controlling, and removing the corrupting influence of GREED and the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT motivations from healthcare in the U.S. and around the World.

    I call on the governments of the World and the global intelligence community to track down these MASS MURDERERS, and bring them to justice. CONNECT THE DOTS! And be vigilant that they don't slip in another viral strain on you under the cloak of H1N1 sequestration.

    Further, the proposed patent protection on biologic's must be stripped from the US bill. And greatly shorten/restricted, or abolished completely. This is a grave danger to humanity and global security.

    I think President Obama is doing the best he can at playing the disastrous deck of cards he inherited from the previous administration. And I think he is doing an excellent job. But the wolves and devils of the medical industrial complex! are trying to exploit, and take advantage of his good heart, and desperate desire to help suffering Americans. But we must be strong and insist that healthcare reform be done right for the American people. Or everyone loose's.

    This is all I can say in a message post. I'll try to find a way to tell you more later.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    p.s. The so-called nominal H1N1 virus is designed in such a way as to make it more lethal to children and young adults. The medical community must be more vigilant of secondary bacterial infections in the young caused by H1N1. And remember, a viral infection is also a transfer of genetic code to you. Think about it, and be vigilant. 🙁

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