Hey Guys.. Reform means... Reform
by Trey Rentz, Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:19:21 PM EST
There are those who say that the current bill, without any form of real change regarding the chance to get good, single payer healthcare from a stable source like the Government - is reform. It is not.
In order for us to see reform, we have to be able to see it. We are the public. What has happened , if I may. Is this.
First, someone tried really hard to get you to think about including the public's consideration in this healthcare bill - as an 'option'. It was never optional. And it is not optional now. But thats what the Insurance companies paid for. Someone, just like the guy who coined inheritance taxes as the 'death tax' - got paid alot of money to call the key provision of the healthcare bill the public option. It isn't optional. It is not an option.
But hey, the insurance lobbies at that point were spending 1.24 million dollars PER DAY trying to block the reform package. So someone took their money and coined the term then paid a bunch of trolls and bloggers and everyone else to popularize it.
And so it stuck.
Then there's a bunch of legislative process. My political hero, Otto Von Bismarck - once said "laws are like sausages, and better not to be seen being made." So we'll skip that process for a second and focus on the end result. An email was leaked from an anti-reform lobbyist, regarding this latest bill..
"We Win" -"Administered by private insurance companies. No government funding. No government insurance competitor."
After the lieberdems backed down and the bill that exists now, drops to the floor without any real public benefit - you can take statements like this with a grain of salt. Clearly the reform you want isn't there. But also, any other reforms that are in the bill - they want killed. So what they'll do is leak stuff like this to throw you a red herring.
But what the lobbyists don't understand is the blogosphere. Youtube. Us. They don't understand how to control us. I would argue , they can't control us. We can make an end run around them, just like we did with the youtube commercials that became more popular than the TV commercials ever did. They aren't in control.
If they were in control, then the bill would get passed. And we wouldn't be making any sounds. I have already called all my representatives and asked them to vote ONLY for a bill that contains strong elements for we the people , the public.
That means taking the stronger house bill , and not the now-weakened senate bill.
And not just something that makes everyone sound like they're doing their job, while the Senate Finance commitee- which was headed up by former employees of insurance companies - actually wrote the law you're seeing now .. ? No thanks.
Please remember two things. First, legislation exists that can benefit real people. But the primary package sets the tone for all reform to follow.
And you can throw the bastards out in 2010. And that means going after Republican Seats. Lets face it folks, 2008 was a game-changer. Why not go after GOP held seats? Why not go after lieberdems. Keeping true to the course of real reform energizes independents, and progressives. And those, my friends, are the voters that participate in off-year elections in addition to the party die-hards.
Reform means reform! Change means change. Right?