The Party of NO, also known as last I remembered as the Republican Party, the same cast of characters that took a large surplus, gave it to their cronies, spent like drunken sailors, and bankrupted this economy. The same party whose leader planned to go to war with Iraq BEFORE we were ever attacked on 9/11; the same party whose possible Presidential candidate in 2012 decided to take a trip to Argentina; the party of Ensign, Vetter, Craig and now Sanford. Yes, that's the party. The one who believes we cannot have good healthcare unless the major insurance corporations that finance many of their campaigns are included so that large profits can be made on the backs of the people.
Well we have come to the time that major healthcare reform MUST be undertaken in order to prevent the entire collapse of our economy. Our government has shown that it is very capable of setting up healthcare systems that work. We have the Veterans Administration, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. All these programs work much more efficiently than our insurance option, with no "pre-existing condition" garbage, no frequent denials of service, etc. The 40 members of the Republican Party are now prepared to say that they will not allow a public option . . . period. This small minority believes it has the right to govern, even after they lost so badly. Their arrogance is stunning. Here is Republican Senator Chuck Grassley:
President Obama insists that a public healthcare option is a necessity for the 46 million uninsured in this country. Why is it that the Republican Party has such disdain for the poor and the less fortunate in this country? They can't make money off of them. It's that simple. So, they consider any efforts in that direction to be a waste of money. Why is the Republican Party against CHOICE for the American people? Here is the President's statement on the necessity of public healthcare to "keep the insurance companies honest."
Former Presidential candidate, Dr. Howard Dean responds to questions on the specifics of a public healthcare option
Here is Dr. Dean explaining the necessity of a public healthcare option for true healthcare reform.
Give America a choice. We support healthcare reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the ONLY way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.
Dr. Dean's announcement comes at time when insurance companies and HMO's are lining up to fight President Obama on his campaign promise to include a publicly available option in the healthcare reform he wants passed by Congress this year.
If you still have questions about the need for a public healthcare option, watch the movie "SICKO" and make up your own mind:
Sicko is not a movie about the 50 million Americans walking around without health insurance. Sicko is a movie about the other 250 million of us who have insurance, but are just as screwed. It’s also about freedom, real freedom, not the empty kind that gets thrown around as a buzzword; the freedom to live your life with the certainty that forces beyond your control won’t take away everything you have and everything you are. We don’t have that kind of freedom here in America, and Moore’s film makes that point by simply talking to real people. They’re your neighbors, your friends, your parents, some of them are even 9/11 heroes. Moore uses his camera to let them tell their stories of insurance company mistreatment and in the process paints a complete picture of a corrupt and fatally flawed system which isn’t just killing people but taking away their dignity and their liberty.
At first, he isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know. Anyone who’s spent any time dealing with insurance companies knows what a mess it is. You pay your premiums and then when you actually need them they go out of their way not to help you. They’re in the business of finding reasons not to spend money, and everyone knows it. What you may not know is just how far they’ll go. Having insurance doesn’t mean you’re protected, and the film covers both ends of the spectrum from people left to die because insurance companies refuse treatment, to people dropped from policies for bogus reasons, to an elderly couple driven to bankruptcy and made homeless by high deductibles. The film leaves no room for anyone to think it won’t happen to them. It will. It happens to everyone, just in varying degrees. When you finish watching this video of Sicko, you’ll do it with the absolute certainty that if you ever encounter serious health trouble, you’re screwed.
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