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The Best Healthcare Town Hall 8/20/09

This man is brilliant. No one can make the argument for healthcare or explain what it means to average americans better than Barack Obama.

No Public Option For The Private Party

What services do we really get for all the taxes we pay? A driver’s license, don’t we pay for that? A bridge or tunnel, don’t we pay a toll? The post office, we still pay for shipping and postage. Now we have many republicans saying that a pubic option should not be available. To me public option should be the only option and from there you get to choose your doctor. Under a system like this the good doctors would thrive and the terrible doctors would go away. The patients could rate the doctor and the information would be available to the public in regional or central databases. I honestly do not see a need for insurance companies, having a third person in the doctors’ office often impacts the kind of care one receives and an unnecessary stress on the patient. Often we are wondering is the insurance going to cover this or how about when the insurance company screws up the paper work. I remember once I ran into a dentist office, a place I had been many times before, with an abscessed tooth. Well after the x-ray and waiting for the doctor to start the procedure of removing the tooth he came in and told me that my insurance was cancelled and he could not remove the tooth. Yes he made me get out of the chair and leave his office, on top of it he was annoyed that he had already taken the x-rays and questioned me about payment for them. Why, was my insurance cancelled, oh, no reason, just a misplaced form.

The free market is good for electronics and clothing, but not our healthcare. I consider practicing medicine to be like teaching; you get into the profession because you want to help people not get rich. I am not saying doctors shouldn’t have a decent life, but why should their expectations be to live extravagantly. I also agree with Obama, most diseases are lifestyle based so there absolutely needs to be a focus on preventive medicine. Gym memberships and nutritionists should be covered by our healthcare system. If you take yoga or some sort of de-stressor then that should be covered. Stress is the number one killer, the source of many diseases. We need to talk about our food and agriculture markets, the contaminants that are used when growing and processing our foods. There has to be a way to bring down the cost of organic foods, maybe if we demand everything grown that way. I know there are many fallacies around the growing of organic foods but I haven’t heard a good enough reason not to try growing things organically. It is shameful the amount of food thrown out each year just to regulate the cost of certain crops.

I am not saying I have the answers or that Obama does, but I know he will try his best to reform the healthcare system. He will find a solution that benefits the American worker because he is representing the people and not the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. The republicans say they have the answer for healthcare, but if they were so good at running the government how come they screwed up so badly for the past eight years. I said in a previous blog that some of those congress people have been in the government too long, I mean people like Orin Hatch and John McCain, who have lived off the government for as long as I can remember with government provided health insurance but yet they want to deny the American people this same option.

The Healthcare Reform Bill passed right down party lines, there are 160 amendments that were recommended by the republicans and adopted by the committee. There was open debate and everyone got to make their point, but one thing I notice about the republicans is they are very demanding, and function like a gang. You have to be with them totally or that means you are against them. You have to do things their way or they don’t want any part of it. It was the same when they were in power, their strategy is to intimidate. They don’t care the cost to the American people. They got to have it their way, they must have power. Whether they are in the majority or the minority they must be in charge. I heard one the republicans say they presented a substitute bill for the one that passed committee, his bill according to this committee member met everything—all the presidents guideline, it was just perfect—the perfect bill. Even though the bill presented for voting contained over 160 amendments presented by the republicans, no republican voted for it. That let me know what was important to the republicans, it was not providing healthcare, it was forwarding their ideology, and the very thing they are trying to accuse Judge Soto Mayor of doing in the judiciary committee confirmation hearing.

The republicans are only interested in pushing their agenda forward. To me that means their economic plan of giving money and tax breaks to the wealthy and hoping that those wealthy people create jobs to help the little people, it means absolute capitalism with no regulations and everything being a part of the free market–military, schools, and healthcare, it’s cheap undocumented labor. It means radical Christian fanatics, and a woman not being in control of her womb, it’s lying about why we go to war and war everywhere until many countries are destroyed and potentially the planet. When I think of the republicans a particular image comes to mind lately and its nuclear war. In a way it all fits into Darwin’s theory and the republicans believe they are the strongest, and it means wrecking everything in their path.

The country the republicans are fighting to create is scary to me, their base seems to be devout Christians, bigots, and uneducated simple minded people who latch on to the republican tag lines and repeat them at any debate. The republicans always say they are fighting for the American people, but it seems like the Republican Party is not very democratic. They leadership tells the grassroots what to think instead of the other way around. They tell the base you don’t want this and we can’t do this, democrats are going to take away your right to defend yourself and white people are going to be last–they feed fear and the unknown. Once the leadership gives an answer or point of view you start hearing other people repeating the same lines and its not necessarily because they watch FOX News even though many do, even when they watch so called neutral news agencies, they hear the talking points being driven home by republican strategists and politicians. This way the republicans at the top stay at the top and their constituency stay poor and ignorant and easier to control. They have created a real presence in American culture, from FOX News, to countless newspapers, and public personas like Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin and Scarborough. They have countless think tanks and shadow organizations. We laugh at these people and think they are funny or kooky but they speak for a large amount of people, they speak for the almost sixty million people who voted for John McCain.

This battle for healthcare shows me the republicans have no remorse for what they put the country through over the past eight years and are willing to put the country through it again. Even though the American people want universal health care the republicans are against it because it would give take control of the healthcare system away from insurance companies. They see their million dollar donations, perks and kickbacks disappearing. They don’t care one drop about Americans they only care about the legacy of their own families. According to the republicans nothing is right about America, forget about the fact they were instrumental in creating the mess but if nothing is right why are they still around?

The Republican Jihad

what would jesus do We could learn something from the Republicans on exploitation of the media. When I watch the US media I see why many countries regulate their press and sometimes censor them. I don’t think censorship should be necessary for a professional news agency, but I think I could make the case for it.

I happened to turn to Fox News this morning just in time to hear Dick Morris and Fox News promote the idea that the US, Iran, and Israel are locked in a nuclear stand off. He painted Iran as the equivalent of Nazi Germany quoting Benjamin Netanyahu (the new Israeli prime-minister) “Netanyahu put it plainly, its 1938 and they are heating up the gas ovens”. I guess this is where the problem is, these people still think they are living in 1938. Morris states Israel must respond if the US will not, chillingly Morris declares “Israel is getting set to attack, they need to and they ought to” the interviewer Brian seemed to agree with Morris throwing his two cents in saying “Iran is basically laughing at us” and egging on not Morris but the larger audience.

It is not Dick Morris’ comments because he is there to push the republican point of view, but why is Fox News promoting a nuclear war. Why is this obviously propagandist agency able to masquerade as a legitimate news organization while promoting a destructive and violent agenda? Since his election they have launched a vicious attack against President Obama by saying he is associated with fascism, and socialism, saying that his policies are threatening our democracy and freedom and wants to take their guns. They are harping on whether he should have bowed to the Saudi King, or he hasn’t been to church–what I consider another attempt to say he is a Muslim and that he thinks “Islam is more superior to any other religion” according to one Fox News commentator. Fox News is the most irresponsible news organization and are an obvious extension of the Republican Party, preying on Christians and ignorance.

It makes you want to start talking negatively about Christians and religion but every time people advocate for the separation of church and state these zealots is able to say they are being persecuted, playing into martyrdom. That’s what the fanatics want, that’s how they recruit members because it ties into their bible philosophy about the “end of days”. I remember going to church and being taught about the end of days, when humanity would have to choose sides, and the earth would be consumed by fires and plagues, massive deaths, where good would have to confront evil face to face. I think I might have been about ten years old when I realized that nuclear bombs could be one of the destructive forces the bible spoke about. But the bible was also talking about telling truth in spite of lies, some of the bible is fable and some is history, there are lessons in fables and history repeats itself. Man could be aiding his own destruction by creating the very tool for our demise, in the bible days it could have meant flaming arrows raining from the sky; today it might mean radiation consuming everything in sight. I see the landfills of garbage that were not biodegradable and learned that flaming rocks from out of space could penetrate our sky and destroy our earth, and I have came to a conclusion; the bible was right about something.

We do have free will, I thought; a) we could destroy ourselves by our own hands by not respecting the earth and the environment, b) we could also go for total annihilation and launch a nuclear war taking care of our environmental problems, or c) we could settle our differences and band together to combat the natural threats that face us. What choices will we make? Save the world or destroy ourselves, sounds like a blockbuster movie or a very successful television series, but the entire story cannot be wrapped up in a single season or two hours of action. This is a most crucial time in our history because we cannot feign ignorance. We know the challenges that face us, We Are SELF AWARE.

Some people are itching to use the bomb and their voices are growing louder chanting if the US will not do their bidding then Israel must. They have been successful in planting themselves in the media and are marketing their strategy. These same people thought Iraq was a good idea. It feels like some people might want the earth for themselves because they seem to be pretty sure they are going to survive a nuclear disaster. They are willing to contaminate the earth with poison to promote their ideology.

Why are the Republicans willing to be so apocalyptic, if you ask what Jesus would do, they stand dumb founded. Jesus overturned the tables at the Temple because the church had become corrupt and was too heavily involved in politics and getting rich and not enriching the community. Was Jesus a protestor, or was he a war monger? If he were alive would he have thrown a shoe at George Bush, or propagate the total destruction of Iran?

I think Jesus believed in sharing what he had, he believed in giving people a chance even a second and third chance, isn’t that the story of the “Prodigal Son” and Mary Magdalene. Wouldn’t Jesus forgive, the story of Judas is about forgiveness, and one could get stuck on the betrayal and if Jesus had done that he would have probably killed Judas right there on the spot.

Would Jesus be a socialist or a capitalist? I think we have enough information to make a call. Why are the fanatics willing to ignore the very teachings they say they believe in? Pat Buchanan on MSNBC this week in talking about Somalian pirates, “we’re killing people left and right in Pakistan, for heaven sake you’re telling me we can find someone in Somalia” — happy Easter!!

I am weary they are going to cause something to happen, and it is going to be a direct result of what they say on the air, they want anarchy. We have already had the marketing of the Iraq War and the manipulation of the media by the Bush Administration, we have already had the Rev. Wright fiasco and had Obama being called a socialist, and terrorist and someone yell “kill him”. These things are happening because of the hate spewed by this Republican spin machine, these things pretending to be unbiased. We have to recognize that these guys are not different than the radicals that we fight against in Al-Qaeda, the Limbaughs, Becks and Hannitys. How different are they from some Islamic radical teaching in a madrassa. It is from this group of listeners comes the Timothy McVeigh’s, or the one who killed three police officers. People who listen to them have access to weapons, it is one of the core message, they stand on the Bill of RightsFox News puts out a call to action, and then hide behind the First Amendment… They exploit our laws using them as a platform for their rebellion. The stuff I hear coming from Fox News is tantamount to calling for Jihad. Does Hannity and Beck love America, I am sure it is not the same America I love.

The things they are saying now do not reflect love or respect for the country, so I’m wondering which America they are talking about. I think some people might still be fighting the civil war. The Republicans are effectively using the media to tear down our democracy. Fox News is a very influential network and their words resonate, people believe what they hear on the news and talk radio. I know because I had coworkers repeating the points to me at work. Fox News in particular has been constantly “reporting” unsubstantiated outrage against President Obama, they and Rush Limbaugh are deliberately trying to incite the public. Their news is slanted and reflects a particular agenda, the Republican Agenda. These positions are being fed through Fox News an obvious Republican Trojan Horse.

They have found a way to destroy our democracy from the inside. I witnessed what they did when they had the power, the patriot act, the war, Katrina, and the secrecy. They were the ones promoting the “if you are not with us you are against us” mentality; Bush could not have done it alone the media helped. Republicans cast themselves as fighters for the blue collar, middle class, and small business,–average Americans–they say they respect Americans but they are only using our own kindness and tolerance against us, they are very dangerous and should probably never be allowed back into power. I am sure there are some Republicans who do not agree with the party leadership. The rhetoric of the right wing Republicans has heightened, they are at war with someone and I fear it is America.

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