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At the Crossroads

I wonder whether — once this health care issue has run its course, and we either have meaningful reform or we don’t — will we discover the government of the United States is still “of the people, by the people, and for the people”?

Or, perhaps will we discover the government is now of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations?

At this point, it could go either way.  But whichever way it goes, health care is turning out to be the perfect crossroads issue.   Either the people will win on this issue — and the country can say with some reason that America is “for the people” — or the people will lose, and those of us who care about reality will need to concede that America is something besides “for the people”.

This is not only a crossroads issue, but I think it has the potential — if it works out as a victory for the corporations — of radicalizing people, because health care is an issue that deeply concerns a very large proportion of Americans.  People are both paying attention to it and have formed an idea of what they want.  According to one poll, over two thirds of the American people are giving the health care debate “a lot of attention”, and an even larger fraction than that — over three quarters — favor a public option.

Against the will of the people, the corporations have pumped 380 million dollars into their lobbying efforts to defeat meaningful reform — and especially to defeat the public option.

Meanwhile, about 122 people a day — over 44,000 yearly — are dying for lack of health care.

This is a battle between the corporations and the people.

4 thoughts on “At the Crossroads”

  1. Indeed it is and, even if the public wins, it never ends. Canada has had the one payer system for over 30 years and we are still fighting the Corporations to keep it that way. The insurance companies, the health industry even some doctors are all finding the tiny, and sometimes big, loopholes to make inroads. Most of these are American concerns.
    Problem is, with NAFTA, once they have their foot in the door you can not close it anymore. So we have to be very vigilant not to lose what we have won.


  2. I’m not certain pending Healthcare reform strategies are “…for the People”.

    Members of the House and Senate have access to benefits (and pay) that far exceed anything their constituents can comprehend, if not ever hope to realize for themselves.

    I’ll offer something of an example here. But, truely, it likely requires more in-depth examination. So, consider this naught but fuel for the fire Paul has initiated here…

    Why won’t Congress enroll in government healthcare?

    Our countrymen might not be asking that question, yet. But, I feel we need to raise it.

    The question has been on the minds of some Americans, but Obama-led Democrats aren’t giving answers. Instead, they (actually the majority of Congress) are exempting themselves from their own healthcare reform.

    The Affordable Health Choices Act drafted by (now deceased but not forgotten) Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee pushes says a fairly recent Wall Street Journal report: “Americans into stingy insurance plans with tight, HMO-style controls,”

    Go take a peek of the outline. Do it! Page 114 of the Act specifically exempts members of Congress from the public plan while the Bill mandates that all other Americans enroll in “qualified” health plans and submit proof of enrollment to the government.”

    Diane Sawyer recently found herself on the air earlier this week with a story about the exclusive clinic in the basement of the Congressional building itself. Members of the House and their dependent have 24/7 access to best-of-class medical care that ranges from pharmacies to out-patient surgery for $503.00 dollars a year.

    The implications of this are staggering.



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