Obama care a survivors tale

Obama And America: A Good Choice

Obama, Racisim and Healthcare

The first thing I did this morning was to check and see if PRESIDENT OBAMA'S health care reform bill passed. IT DID!! I am estatic, overjoyed and feel more secure.

The next thing I noticed in reading the morning news was that many of my fellow Texans were not as happy as I am. There were rude, snide, and down right ugly comments about the President and the bill that passed. There was even the ridiculous suggestion that Texas separate from the United States and become its own union. I guess Mr. Perry, our supposed govenor wants to be the President. What a joke, he can't even make Texas stable as a govenor...much less as a president, but then again he has friends in low places such as former president Bush.

Minutes after the bill was passed, the Attorney General, Greg Abbott and Mr. Perry were in a twist. This bill is unconstitutional, it will take away money from other programs in Texas such as education and prisions. Another joke since Gov. Perry refused the money President Obama offered on behalf of all Texans, because he felt we should not have to be held accountable for what it was spent on. For my part, that is the problem, no one is held accountable. Gov. refused the funds for education and other services but took money to remodel the govenors mansion, how ironic. Now they want to sue President Obama. I smell a rat.

In reading the comments, articles and other pieces of information coming out of Texas I have come to a conclusion,,,,it has always been said, things are bigger in Texas. That may well be true, and in this case the biggest of them all is IGNORANCE!! This cause celeb is not I realize, about politics,republicans, democrats or health care. It is not about what is best for the American people. It is about RACE!! President Obama is half black and Democrat, and the republicans lost the Presidency to him. After 8 years of chaos with the Bush Administration, we the people elected someone we thought could make a difference. We elected someone who cares about the minorities and the elderly, the poor and the down trodden. We elected President Obama because we believe in his vision that all men are created equal, that we all deserve a part in the American dream. We believe that America can be again be the respected and great country we have always been. I join him in saying "Yes We Can".

The Obama health care plan will make sure all Americans have insurance coverage and the basic medical needs benefiting each person. Many call his plan "socialist" I call it compassion. Many complain about paying for health care for the illegals, not realizing that they are paying more when these persons go to the emergency room instead of a doctors office for preventative care. These same parties have sworn that they will not work with the president on anything he suggests. This attitude smacks of racisism, ignorance, and a group of people unwilling to accept defeat graciously.

It is also hard for me to believe that Gov. Perry is concerned with the Texas prison population since Texas has the busiest death chamber in the United States and already suffers from issues of innocence regarding persons executed when a presumption of innocence still remains. There will be an execution tomorrow night of " Hank Skinner", who has requested that DNA evidence be tested to prove his innocence, this technology was not available to the inmate at the time of arrest. Texas is still suffering a backlash from the "Cameron Todd Willingham " case, where a report issued by the Texas Forensic Science Panel was given to Gov. Perry with a request for a 30 day stay of execution. The report stated that the evidence used to convict Cameron Willingham was outdated and inaccurate and pointed to his innocence. Perry ignored the report and the request, having his secretary say "our office closes at five". Willingham was executed for the fire that killed his daughters, after serving 12 years in prison. He is presumed to be innocent by most. The facts in the Skinner case also have the presumption of innocence.

Texas has been a red state (Republican) ever since I can remember. I come from a family of die-hard republicans. I am and will always be a Democrat. I was born in Mississippi and immigrated to Texas at the age of 12 when my parents divorced. I grew up on a farm in Mississippi, with a black nanny who was like a second mother to me and her husband who worked the fields belonging to my grandfather, not as slaves but as persons who had been in my family all the way back to my great-great grandfather. I was too young to understand racisim then. I remember the Phamplets from the Klan lying around but never comprehended their meaning until years later. I never witnessed violence or agression. I do remember segregated schools and that people of the African-American race lived on the other side of the railroad tracks. Mississippi was a hotbed for race related crimes, murders, beatings and other travesties.. but as a child I was too young to understand.

When I was 15 I married a Mexican National, it was then that I understood racisim. My entire family except for my baby sister disowned me. We didn't speak for 15 years. We are not close to this day. I and my sister Anna live in Texas, the rest of my family remain in Mississippi. My familys' attitude has not changed much over the years, even though the last time I visited the attitude in Mississippi had become alot more tolerant towards immigrants due to hurricane Katrina.

This year I will be 50 years old. I have been privileged to see things my children will never see, a new millineum, the election of the first black president and now healthcare reform. I was both honored and amazed at the acceptance speech of President Obama. It brought tears to my eyes as I saw before me a person of simplistic background,intelligent, well and soft spoken, speaking of an Amercia that I dream of. I have been on disability 10 1/2 years. The cuts to medicare do not frighten me though I depend on it for my health and well being. I trust the President and his decisions, to do what is best for me.

I do believe that given the chance, President Obama will bring this country to the status we have always enjoyed as a strong, independent nation. You can not expect him in a years time to fix all of the problems left behind by his predecessor, Mr. Bush. I for one am glad for the healthcare reform bill...it is a step in the right direction to our nations recovery.

I have known and experienced racisim many times, but the attitude of the republican party is shameful to say the least and Gov. Perry's remarks totally uncalled for. This is the worst form of racisim I have ever witnessed.

President Obama, with all BEST WISHES and DUE RESPECT, Thank you!!!

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

A great hub and i agree with every aspect. I worked hard for President Obama and i will do so again. He is the first honest, intelligent,man to be in the whitehouse in ten years.


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas Author

LRC and michael,

sorry it has taken me so much time to answer but due to my mental disability sometimes i have periods of nothingness. this is why this bill was so important to me. using fear and outright lies to try and stop a bill that in reality helps and saves the country millions of dollars. I do not remember such a bru-haha over seeing a copy of former president bush's birth certificate. the war on drugs has become a joke. I look for honesty, simplicity, and a sincere caring attitude towards the poor, and elderly. had it not been for the healthcare bill passing an infant here would have died. Both of her parents had blue cross-blue shield insurance but since the child was born with the heart condition it was denied...thanks to President Obamas plan she had the heart transplant she needed and is doing well at this time. Thank you for your kind words and the ability to see through the retorhic.

warmest regards, Chris


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Christa, thank you for sharing your personal experiences...very nice hub. I believe the biggest challenge is the amount of mis-information being put out there by conservatives. Having been a republican and a person who will vote across party lines, I find it sad to see the amount of lies and rhetoric spread around by our conservative lawmakers (death panels, coverage for illegal immigrants, etc). I thank you for sharing a very open and honest hub.


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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

seo-heart- this is not a gov't takover of health care you will still get it from insurance companies. what has happened is 32 million more people will enter the market this is price lowering and the healthcare system is going paperless(huge cost)with that no more need for redundant work such as: 2 x-rays for two different doctors. now 1 xray e-mailed to everyone concerned. this will bring the prices down,way down. if someone doesn't make much money they will be given tax credits to make the insurance affordable, ya know like earned income credits.also no one gets fined or goes to jail, thats all right wing hype to promote fear.right now if you take your child to the emergency room for a kidney infection it could cost well over a thousand bucks. with healtcare this is nothing more than a 100 office visit. this benefits everyone! infact, there is not one thing bad about this.

anything negative that you hear is from the right. they spread fear and confusion to prevent the vote and it didn't work then it went over into rascism. nothing more than acting out,sour grapes thats all. but it all stems from the deliberate republican confusion. i will list out the benefits.insurance companies cannot arbitrarily hike premiums, when you get sick and need your insurance they cannot raise price of premium till you can't afford it, no more pre-existing conditions, your children can stay on your plan till they are 26,womens premiums no longer double that of a man. show me the bad. there is none! great hub!


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas Author

SEO and Heart,

Thanks for dropping by. I do not mean to imply that everyone who disagrees with the new healthcare reform is racist, I am sure there are other reasons. I just notice that here in Texas the majority of the oppositional comments seem to be exactly that. The threats, bricks being thrown through windows... at the least childish, more seriously terroristic. Our healthcare system as it is is pathetic. Especially in the area of mental health which affects me greatly. I do not always vote along party lines, if i hear a republican who is running and I feel their stance on the issues that affect me are best, then I will vote for them. I am not bull headed and voting a full democratic ticket. i hate that it has reached the point that the government is taking over healthcare but I see no other alternative at this moment.

one pilot program that is being tried here in Texas that seems to be working well is called "Texas Self-Directed Care ". In this program instead of someone else deciding what I need in a given month, I am given a Texas debit card with a set amount of funds each month to use as i see my medical needs to be, teeth, eyes...whatever. Many things I would not have access to otherwise can be bought with my funds, such as dental care which is not covered by Medicare or medicaid for adults.

Heart, Yes I use alot of natural remedies also. Some of them work very well for me.

warmest regards,

Chris :)


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Healthcare should not be forced upon people. I feel it should be a choice, and I have to admit, the healthcare facilities, haven't done so well, on people I know. To be penalized, if you don't pay your healthcare premium, just doesn't seem right, especially if you didn't want it in the first place. I know this may seem strange to some, but I am finding there is allot of natural remedies for getting healthy. I know there are those, who would not be happy, if they were forced to worship a god, they didn't believe in...but that may be the next thing coming? No offense against you Christal, really:)


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

I disagree. One does not have to be racist to believe this kind of reform is a bad thing. I'm not Republican and I don't care what color our president is -- I didn't vote for him and I don't want the government in control of my health.That is not to say I don't believe something needed to be done about health care. I just don't see how more government control is going to be good.

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