March 3rd, 2010 by Kevin
It\’s a message from his holiness again!
Last Thursday\’s first-of-its-kind summit capped off a debate that has lasted nearly a year.
You do realize not EVERYTHING you do is historic right?
Every idea has now been put on the table. Every argument has been made. Both parties agree that the status quo is unacceptable and gets more dire each day. Today, I want to state as clearly and forcefully as I know how: Now is the time to make a decision about the future of health care in America.
Er, hate to point this out, but you did forget one critical step. You forgot to consider the opinion of the American people, who have been trying to tell you in every way possible, be it polls, mid-term elections, whatever, that they hate this shit pile of a bill.
The final proposal I\’ve put forward draws on the best ideas from all sides, including several put forward by Republicans at last week\’s summit. It will put Americans in charge of their own health care, ensuring that neither government nor insurance company bureaucrats can ration, deny, or put out of financial reach the care our families need and deserve.
You realize that your bill is self-contradictory right? You can\’t suddenly add a bunch of people to a failing government program and have it NOT dramatically increase in price AND introduce rationing AND reducing quality. Price caps have NEVER worked, they\’ve only created shortages and lower quality. Which when we\’re talking health care is a rather fatal mistake.
I strongly believe that Congress now owes the American people a final vote on health care reform. Reform has already passed the House with bipartisan support and the Senate with a super-majority of sixty votes. Now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote that has been routinely used and has passed such landmark measures as welfare reform and both Bush tax cuts.
Oh yeah, we owe the public an up or down vote on this bill the public hates.
One Republican vote is NOT bi-partisan, and even that one Republican has changed their mind. Actually more Democrats voted against this than Republican have voted for it. The only thing bi-partisan about this bill is the opposition to it.
And there is nothing routine about what you\’re doing. If this had the support you\’re trying to pretend it did, it would have passed before Thanksgiving of last year. You\’re having to cram it through a method reserved for budgetary bills to get around the fact that you just don\’t have the support for this bill.
Plus, it\’s misleading to say this bill passed both the House and Senate, because it\’s actually two very different bills that have passed each. And you\’re now proposing yet a THIRD bill.
Earlier today, I asked leaders in both houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks. From now until then, I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform. And now, I\’m asking you, the members of the Organizing for America community, to raise your voice and do the same.
Fair enough, but while you\’re waiting for them, how about you listen to the vast majority of the public who has been raising their voice and letting you know what they think for months now. People that have never been involved in the political process have been showing up to rallies. Polls have consistently shown the public hates this bill. Nobody wants a massive government takeover of anything anymore.
The final march for reform has begun, and your participation is crucial. Please commit to join with me to take reform across the finish line.
Fair enough, if you want to lead a herd of lemmings, that\’s your deal. And I\’m certainly not going to stand in your way, but watch the first step off that cliff.
Essentially, my proposal would change three things about the current health care system:
First, it would protect all Americans from the worst practices of insurance companies. Never again will the mother with breast cancer have her coverage revoked, see her premiums arbitrarily raised, or be forced to live in fear that a pre-existing condition will bar her from future coverage.
Is this another one of those tales of woe that turn out not to be true, just like every other one you\’ve shared??
Second, my proposal would give individuals and small businesses the same choice of private health insurance that members of Congress get for themselves. And my proposal says that if you still can\’t afford the insurance in this new marketplace, we will offer you tax credits based on your income — tax credits that add up to the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history.
Does that mean you\’re going to agree to be covered under this plan as well??
Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for everyone — families, businesses, and the federal government — and bring down our deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades. These savings mean businesses small and large will finally be freed up to create jobs and increase wages. With costs currently skyrocketing, reform is vital to remaining economically strong in the years and decades to come.
You\’ve made claims like this before, but they\’ve always proven incorrect. In fact it usually means that people will be dropped from their employer\’s insurance and be forced to join the government program, even if they were fine with their employer\’s coverage.
In the few crucial weeks ahead, you can help make sure this proposal becomes law. Please sign up to join the Organizing for America campaign in the final march for reform:
Doesn\’t it concern you that while you\’re having to plead to get people to push for this, millions of every day voters are coming out without prompting to oppose this legislation??
When I talked about change on the campaign, this is what I was talking about: coming together to solve a huge problem that has been troubling America for 100 years and standing up to the special interests to deliver a brighter, smarter future for generations to come.
Seriously? THIS is what you were talking about?
Coming together? This has been the most partisan railroading we\’ve seen in a long time. Standing up to special interests? They wrote most of the bills, and you\’ve been having closed backroom meetings with them to craft these bills in secret.
I look forward to signing this historic reform into law. And when I do, it will be because your organizing played an essential role in making change possible.
Historic, you keep using that word. I don\’t think it means what you think it means.
President Barack Obama
It was your pleasure I\’m sure.