More Health Care Reform …

by on August 18, 2009

To the Editor:

Dropping the “public option” is just unacceptable to me. Health care reform to me means at least a public option if not a single payer system and universal health care coverage. If a Democratic president and a Democrat-controlled Congress cannot deliver these two options, then the Democrats have failed and the Republicans win. A defeat or a watered down “reform” bill will give Republicans a leg up for the mid-term elections. A defeat will also assure continued obscene profits for insurance companies while consumers will pay more for less coverage. And 46 million American will continue without health coverage. I have written my Congresspersons to let them know how I feel.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco


To the Editor:

The business of providing medical care like providing citizenry or national security are morally intrinsically unique pretty much different from other sort of business like cosmetics or fashion because they are human rights. Therefore, it is not only morally impermissible to turn away people for their lack of money but also immoral to compare selling medical care like selling apples as Mr. Hannity did at FOX News last week. I wonder if he can still call himself a Christian.

Anyhow, experience teach us that services provided by government tend to be inefficient but that is not excuse to turn people health into a commodity in which CEO’s can justify making millions. Inadvertently, Justice Sotomayor gave us a good example. She said she would make much less money as a Justice than working for private sector because she has a vocation for public service. If pharmaceuticals, health providers and everyone involved in the business of providing medical care cannot understand the rationale that health care is more a matter of fulfilling a Hippocratic commitment than just making money; I am sorry but there might be not other choice than government step in.

Nevertheless, I agree with FOX’s view point in its concern that a run government health care system might result in more cost and poor care. The optimal would be a socialist system in which government cares for those who cannot afford it, but in which also the private sector is allowed to profit from its services in a manner that is morally acceptable. Anyone who spent twelve years studying to become a doctor or discovered a new drug must be entitled and rewarded to make a very good living better than a minimum wage earner; but that is not a license to profit indiscriminately from the misery of others.

Antonio Urbina
Berkeley, CA


To the Editor:

More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% republicans). Basically everyone.

We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. And the most costly. Costing over twice as much as every other county. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! in congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get, without a robust government-run public option available on day one. Co-op’s are NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION. They are a fraud being pushed by the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry that is KILLING YOU!

YOU CANT HAVE AN INSURANCE MANDATE WITHOUT A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. MANDATING PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE AS YOUR ONLY CHOICE WOULD BE A DISASTER. AND UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, AND MORALLY REPUGNANT. AND PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL.

These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will make you feel better too.

There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

I know there are a few Democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a Democrat obstructionist with a supportive Democrat, DO IT!

You have been AMAZING!!! people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World.

Jack Smith

Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

* Richard Shelby of Alabama
* Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
* John McCain of Arizona
* Mel Martinez of Florida
* Johnny Isakson of Georgia
* Mike Crapo of Idaho
* Chuck Grassley of Iowa
* Sam Brownback of Kansas
* Jim Bunning of Kentucky
* David Vitter of Louisiana
* Kit Bond of Missouri
* Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
* Richard Burr of North Carolina
* George Voinovich of Ohio
* Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
* Jim DeMint of South Carolina
* John Thune of South Dakota
* Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
* Bob Bennett of Utah


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