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.
This is a battle between the corporations and the people.