Scuse me whilst I rant.
I agree with Bill Maher this country can be really stupid and some people are just really stupid all of the time. The job loss rate in this country is unbelievable and people cannot afford their healthcare coverage now. There has been no rage over the deals with the banks. No rage over Goldman Sachs manipulating the market (not sure what I am talking about? Read Matt Taibi’s article in Rolling Stone about it). No rage over AIG continuing to make risky investing with OUR money. Now…now people are showing up to town hall meetings that are intended for congressional leaders to discuss topics of concern with their constituents and have turned them into aggressive shouting matches. It is asinine.
Do you realize the argument over not turning healthcare reform into national Medicare is that Medicare has too much fraud? And yet the opponents of national healthcare agree the VA is run very efficiently. The VA is the only single payer health plan I can think of that no one says we should get rid of. Unlike Medicare, the VA can negotiate with its suppliers and pharm companies. And this is bad?? The VA doctors are paid well, the staff are paid well and they keep their costs under control.
I urge you to write, call and show up to your congressional leaders to let them know that you will not tolerate them no longer representing the insurance companies with their voices and votes that are designed to be representing you. Healthcare reform is necessary because without you will see more economic depression.
If you do not feel your educated on the topic, take a crash course by listening to the following people: Dr. David Schreiner and Wendell Potter.