Healthcare Reform in the Name of Ted Kennedy
by Trey Rentz, Tue Dec 22, 2009 at 08:48:16 AM EST
Bob Cesca over at Huffpo wrote a great piece entitled Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck
Naturally, without a beefy public health insurance plan, healthcare reform would be an utter disaster -- or worse. To refer to the public option as just a "sliver" of the bill, or to push for eliminating it altogether is almost as bad as having no reform at all. Journalists, writers and bloggers who I otherwise respect have been damning the public option with faint praise lately. Let's not sabotage healthcare reform with partisan ultimatums, they say. We can have a great bill without it, they say. - No, sirs. No we can't.
Lately, Dean has been talking about us seeing daylight on the bill - and maybe having a bill that can be a good starting point for reform. But how?
Let us not argue about it here. Instead, if you believe that real reform must include some form of government health service - like the tried and true systems of modern governments all over the world - then remember that the bill is in conference, and that the corrupt senators that have weakened the bill are going to have to make compromises.
And so lets throw our support for the house version of the bill, in the biggest way we can. Contact your Congressman using the 'write to your representative' link here and/or you can contact your senator by clicking here and let them know you support real reform. Do it now, they're heading into conference committee as we speak.
Dean has gone on the record with serious, pointed objections. Make sure you understand the points and decide whether or not you agree. And then, really. Aren't we just talking about the philosophy of action?
And remember if the lobbyists wanted to kill reform they would first try to get a bill passed that looks roughly like the frankenstein's monster that came out of Max Baucus' mad science laboratory - the one with Lieberman's brains sewn into it and the stitched arms of lobbyists swinging on it. ... but for them to throw the switch and say "its alive" they will need the lightning of the people who really got the election of 2008 in motion and will actually be voting in 2010 and let your voice be heard. Call now!