HEALTH CARE REFORM FATIGUE…BIG TIME!!!!

I am far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but because my profession is landscaping in Minnesota, I have extra time during the off-season to read, study, research, and try to understand the issues we as Americans face every day. I will tell you one thing, I’m not sure even the brightest bulb on the tree can figure this mess out. What started out as a great and noble vision to get America up to speed with the rest of the developed world on health care matters has turned into a political nightmare.

President Obama came into office with huge majorities in the House and the Senate. He had close to a mandate from the country to persue his campaign promises. A little more than a year ago, the health care reform process began. The President had just gotten the stuffing knocked out of him for the passage of the Stimulus Bill, thank you very much President Bush, and was now going to set out on his campaign objectives. By the way, the Stimulus package is working and leading economists are in agreement had it not been passed the economy would still be in a free fall to depression. This was the critical time when the whole process started falling apart. The President passed the initiation for the legislative process over to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. After those two delegated the responsibility off to several House and Senate committees and sub-committees things started to get muddy. “Too many chiefs, and not enough Indians”. For several months hence, this “concept” fumbled around Congress in many committee rooms. There was confusion, there were no leaders, and in the end nobody really knew what the President wanted. Senator Max Baucus was totally lost as the so-called leader in the Senate. Several House committees threw in their attempts, but the only true leader to try to get something accomplished was Rep. Anthony Weiner(D-NY). The only problem was, the leadership didn’t support him. In trying to interpret what the President wanted in a health care reform bill, Weiner was proposing a true universal single payer health care system, like an all-inclusive Medicare program. To me, this makes sense. I think it’s sad that because the President didn’t tell the Congressional leadership what he wanted or what his vision or goal was, Weiner had to interpret what he thought the President might want.

People will defend the President’s absence from this process because he has so many other things to deal with. Here’s the flaw in that argument. Presidents always have a full plate. That never goes away as long as there is a President. That’s what you sign up for when you run for the office. This however, is landmark legislation. It requires the President’s full attention. When Lyndon Johnson got Medicare passed he did it the right way. That too, was landmark legislation, but he chose to shepard it through to completion. Johnson was able to get another piece of landmark legislation through by personally working the halls of Congress, the Voter’s Rights Bill in 1964. As President, LBJ had a full plate everyday as well. Vietnam and racial unrest to name a couple things on his plate. If your going to campaign on an important, landmark, conviction, as President you need to treat it accordingly.

I believe if President Obama had taken his proposal to the Congressional leaders last March, and helped them work the bill through its process, we would have had a new health care reform bill signed and in place by last July. What we have now is such a mucked up pile of s**t that nobody has a clue what it is anymore. The President spent too much time last year trying to bring the Republicans on board with him. They never have liked him, they will never work with him, and they will work to bring him down at every opportunity. So Obama wasted months on that futile dream. He should have struck when he had public support and a united Democratic caucus in Congress. The time delays with Congress fumble-f**cking it’s way through the process and Obama pleading with deaf eared Republicans only opened the doors for the birthers, the town hall meeting child-like disruptionists, and of course the Tea-Baggers. These groups have fomented such a level of hatred and paranoia against the government that now even Republican office holders are fearing for their re-election. It’s amazing what you discover when one analyzes the trickle down effect of a poorly run White House.

In the beginning, the concept of health care reform was right and necessary. We as Americans currently spend more money per capita than any developed country in the world. And what do we get for our current system? The U.S. is ranked 37th in the world for overall quality of health care, yes even below Costa Rica. The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world. Our country ranks very low on life expectancy. We are the only country in the world that allows people to go into bankruptcy as a result of medical care. We are the only developed country in the world that forces its citizens to choose between paying for medicine or food or paying for medicine or housing. I’m tired of pundits and politicians on the right proclaiming we have the greatest health care in the world, when the facts don’t support it. Of course, if you have a limitless source of money, you can buy the best health care in the world here. Now, based on the prior few statements of fact, how do you feel about the moral footing the health care system in our country is on? Pretty shaky! Our current system is morally and ethically wrong and just by that proclamation needs to be changed. I’m not smart enough to know what’s in the current bill, other than to know it’s a mess. I agree with those that say the powers that be don’t know what’s in it.

I am standing with Congressman Dennis Kucinich(D-OH) on this one. We need universal health care and nothing short of it. It’s the moral and ethical thing to do. Congressman Weiner needs to re-grow his balls and get back on board with Kucinich and the rest of us Americans that see the present system or the mish-mash system that’s in Congress right now is wrong. President Obama, don’t accept what’s going to be presented to you. Stand up for your convictions Mr. President. Lyndon Johnson did. Harry Truman did. Franklin Roosevelt did. Thank you.

Cam Obert

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One Response to “HEALTH CARE REFORM FATIGUE…BIG TIME!!!!”

  1. elitist Says:

    I think Kucinich will vote for it. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and vote for the FIRST step in reforming a failed system. They can build on it from there.

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