One Case For Still MORE Health Care Reform

The US is the only major industrialized country that does not provide regular health-care to all its citizens. Instead, they are required to provide for themselves – and 50 million people can’t afford the insurance. As a result, 18,000 US citizens die every year needlessly, because they can’t access the care they require. That’s equivalent to six 9/11s, every year, year on year” – Johann Hari, The Independent (UK)

Yes, earlier this year we made a good first step toward health care reform… But as with my recent post on a failed attempt to ban an atheist from holding public office, we are not done yet, and we can not stand by and rest while there is still much more work that needs to be done. We made progress in the right direction, but we can do more…

But let’s start with a brief look at where the opposition to serous health care reform is coming from. Instead of writing hundreds of words Exposing the PR Firms Behind the Fake “Grass Roots” Anti-Healthcare Movement, I’ll let Rachel Maddow do it for me…

Rachel Maddow exposes the Republican-funded and staffed PR firms behind the movement that’s trying to disrupt town hall meetings and slow down/shout down health care reform in the U.S.

Or Stephen Colbert’s take on this same topic; “Soon America’s grassroots people-power movements will be rid of the one thing that’s holding them back: people.”

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But, you might argue, what about the average citizen who had been opposing Health Care Reform? They surely are just average Americans…

DOCUMENTED: Tea Party Racism – Fake grass roots (astroturf) organization grows out of a hatred of non-whites and hatred of a black president.

For MORE examples of Teabagger bigotry and hate, check out this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsPSUx… And while your at it, check out this slide show of racist Tea Party Bill Boards along our nation’s highways: http://twurl.nl/w743v0

Or when Members of Congress are Called The N-Word & Spat On…

Or when Tea Partiers Threaten Congressmen and actually attack Democratic party buildings and Democratic politicians’ buildings…

So how should one deal when confronted by there types of people? Barney Frank shows one way to Confronts a Woman At Townhall, when she Compared Obama To Hitler…

At a Barney Frank town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA, a constituent asks, “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?”

Frank responds: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” He then calls her approach “vile, contemptible nonsense.” He closes by saying: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

So, now that I got my quota of videos and humor out of the way, what is left to do with Health Care Reform? My list is by no means exhaustive, but at the very least it’s a good start:

  • Ensure that EVERYBODY is covered and has equal access to health care
  • Ensure that medical professionals are making the decisions for what treatment should be given, and not accountants at an insurance company
  • Ensure that NOBODY goes broke due to health care costs
  • Ensure that everybody has access to medical treatment, regardless of the providers’ personal feelings about such treatment (i.e. don’t allow pharmacists to refuse to give women “the pill”)
  • Ensure that “Science Based Medicine” is the basis of treatment

Now I know that not everybody will agree with my take. However I will say in advance, if you use the term “Obama-care”, if you compare those who supported health care to Nazis, if you use racial epitaphs, if you make statements that have been proven false and don’t provide some type of evidence, or if you just generally come across as an ignorant jackass blow-hard; don’t expect a reply…

Tea Partiers Threaten Congressmen

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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9 Responses to One Case For Still MORE Health Care Reform

  1. Pingback: One Case For Still MORE Health Care Reform | Rodibidably | Health Care Bill Blog

  2. Simon says:

    There already is such a proposal. It’s called “Medicare For All” and it is HR 676.

    • Jeff Randall says:

      The problem is that very few people are STILL thinking about Health Care Reform.
      MOST people seem to think that it’s all done and there is nothing left to fight for.
      They do not realize there is still work to be done.

      I want to change their minds…

  3. Simon says:

    Health care reform may not be on the media’s radar anymore (just like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq), however after the economy and unemployment it is very high on people’s minds according to polls: http://pollingreport.com/prioriti2.htm

    It’s hard for people to forget about something that affects their lives on daily basis…

    • Jeff Randall says:

      Polls like that always make me wonder.
      Who picked that because it was on a list, and they said “oh yeah, that is important”?
      Since it only shows who picked it as the TOP priority, how low would it be for the other 90%?

      This poll really doesn’t do a good job (IMO) of showing how people REALLY feel about more reform…

  4. poietes says:

    “Highly planned spontaneous uprising . . .” I love Colbert.

    I also love your list. I still stick healthcare reform into my posts whenever it pops into my head, which in my life, is just about every day. It costs us quite a lot to insure just me, and I don’t really have any options because of that pesky thing called pre-existing conditions. We are rolling the dice hoping that my spouse stays healthy. My daughter lost her health insurance when she lost her job a few months ago. We spent hours today finding information on patient assistance programs for her medications.

    My top three priorities: healthcare reform, the endless war in Iraq, and keeping the right wing from destroying education.

  5. poietes says:

    Meant to mention: I saw Frank’s comment when it first came out. I love that man–a politician who just doesn’t give a shit any more and will say exactly what is on his mind. Instead of dining room table, I use the old standard (can’t remember if it’s Python or National Lampoon), brains of a small soap dish.

    • Jeff Randall says:

      Colbert is AMAZING… At his best, he is one of the few people who’s better than Jon Stewart.

      I’m glad you like the list. While the recent changes that passed are a big stride forward, there still is much work to be done, and it seems that the media is acting as if it’s done. I’d like to hope that I can help show people that there is more work to be done, so we can pressure congress to finish what they started and help protect the health of all citizens.

      I’m sorry to hear about your experiences, but it’s an all too common story these days. With a for profit health care system like we have today, unfortunately the fiscal bottom line seems to be of more importance than health.

      I like your priorities, but I would add a fourth: ending dogmatic beliefs and universal condemnation of immoral acts committed in the name of a deity or holy book.

      Barney Frank’s comment was vicious, but WELL deserved. The only way to deal with some people is to ridicule them.

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