Over 700 people in yesterday’s town hall meeting with Susan Davis chanted “ for All,” while another 300 people chanted “Just Say No!”
Doesn’t that say it all—that the majority of people want health care coverage extended to all citizens? President elect Obama campaigned on this issue, was elected for his position and is now addressing it. That’s called moving forward.
The “Just Say No” minority is frozen in time, playing out its own version of “Groundhog Day,” hoping desperately to wake up to a revisionist world circa 1950’s in which a strong leader, a general (but NOT Colin Powell) was elected, God was clearly watching over our a nation, we could kick ass overseas, and nobody was getting uppity on the home front.
While the left at this meeting reflected two contingents that included those who support Medicare for all in the form of HR 676, there was complete unity on the need for and support of health care coverage for all citizens.
The right wingers were against taxes, communism, town hall meetings who has a relative who lives in Canada and can assure us that the health care there is awful. My unofficial award for strangest channeling of our forefather’s intent goes to one woman’s public comment “Our forefathers died for our freedom not for our health care. Where does it stop? … If we need food is the government going to give us food too?”, socialism, Nazi-care, Chappaquiddick care, government, a godless state, AARP, and reproductive choice. And some wanted to deport Obama. It seems there is always one person at these
As Doug Porter has reported, the Billionaires for Wealthcare stole the show. The question for us on the left is whether WE are going to lose our hard fought, hard won election to them too.
There is a dreadful irony lurking here. Bill Moyers provided a thoughtful interview, a deeply moving interview about health care reform, with Bill Maher a few days ago.
Moyers was clearly speaking to the Democrat majority in Congress and President Obama on behalf of those of us who elected them, on behalf of those of us who expect true health care reform to come out of this administration. Moyers sees the Republicans getting the upper hand in the health care reform debate because corporate democrats, looking ahead to the next congressional and presidential elections have invited in the pharmaceuticals, Wall Street and the insurance companies aka Billionaires for Wealthcare, to make a deal. Moyers specifically mentions , that the initial White House discussions did not include supporters of single payer and that Obama has met with Pharma.
If I could choose one person to point out my flaws, it would be Bill Moyers. He quietly points out what went wrong and how to get back on track. And then he says he believes in you and your ability to do it. He says to our young, smart President to seize the moral imperative that is out there. Health care reform is a social justice issue. Frame the debate on that premise. And he reminds us all that there is no moral leg to stand upon if we believe that the only “free speech” that really counts is the money that endlessly flows from the corporate coffers, with no real concern for which political pocket it lands in, as long as they ultimately own the pocket.
Yep. The Republicans lost the election. Now we need to make sure that the Democrats don’t lose it.