President Obama is pretty much alone in promoting his health care proposal/package/legislation to his former Senate colleagues because Vice President Biden is busy explaining to us why the $787 billion stimulus package has made the economic situation worse instead of better, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is busy sorting out the mess between Israelis and the Palestinians as well as the ongoing crisis in Honduras, among other things and Defense Secretary Bob Gates is trying to decide when to draw down in Iraq and "surge" in Afghanistan. So where has Kathleen Sebelius been during all of this? She is, after all, the Secretary for HEALTH & Human Services.
She is busy with that H1N1 Flu pandemic. Wow, so many crises so little people to deal with them all.God Bless anyone who works for the new administration in this difficult time in our country. I could not do it!
Is that the same H1N1 that Doctors incorrectly diagnose as swine flu when its actually the common cold?
I'm only supporting them (i.e. the Obama administration) FOR NOW, but as Republicans and Blue Dogs would say "This doesn't guarantee my support for the future".
The Democratic Party is "moonwalking" away from the promises it made to the American people. You cannot reconcile 8 years of Republican financial waste overnight. Anyone who thinks that health care is a trivial issue, is someone who doesn't NEED it! Ask all of the disabled American people how important health care is. They'll be glad to tell you. I'm one of them. I was a workaholic for 33 years, and when my knees would no longer let me do something I loved doing, which was be productive everyday, I became one of those who now face medical problems with NO health care. We as American citizens should never have to worry about whether or not we can afford medications that we NEED to live and function. So all of you politicians on Capital Hill who think health care is unimportant, talk to the sick, elderly, and disabled. They'll blow your mind!
How about all 40 Republican Senators? They think it's just an ISSUE to use against Obama.
Please people, before you turn over your choice in health care please think. There are so many of us dependant on your answer
I live in the U.S. half the year and in Canada the other half though I've been married to an American for twenty years. Why? you ask? Because I can't get health insurance in the U.S., therefore need to keep my Canadian health coverage and residency. Why was I refused? you ask. Because I have rhuematoid arthritis, which is well under control and does not affect my excellent health -- but there it is. The condition is on the list kept by the insurance companies -- end of story. But even those I know with health insurance aren't protected should they fall ill. With the astronomical costs these days, even the co-pay (and let's not talk about treatments insurers refuse to pay for) they will face bankruptcy.
How can an intelligent group of people and an advanced nation like America take something so simple and make it so complex? People need and should have medical care and in most places it's considered a right. Why do so many fight against their own best interests. My research into the subject shows the add up all the replicated administration of every insurer, hospital, doctor,state, then add in the cost of health care added to the price of goods and services by employers, then add in all the people already getting public funded health care -- the public servants, the poor and of course the politicians, and Americans are already paying far more than universal, single payer medicine could ever cost.
I just don't get it.
Don't blame only the repubs for the health care mess. Dems have a hand in it, too. Why do we need 2,000+ pages for everyone to be covered by affordable health insurance?
Thanks for the doggie compliment -- mastiffs are great dogs. (We say Great Danes are anorexic mastiffs with Jack Russell personalities -- no insult intended.)
Many of you ask why is this health bill so voluminous? I think the opposition is setting up this bill to fail so they can say "See -- Americans don't want a govt. option" and kill any possibility of a sane system. And they'd be right. No one wants what is being presented to the Senate, as far as I can see. What many Americans want (and need) is a single payer universal system, which would be simpler and cheaper than the mess now in place.
But as one right-winger recently told me at a social occasion, "It will NEVER happen in this country." He also added I should go back to the communist country I came from. (Canada?)
This country is so divided on the issue, I wish you had the necessary mechanics to hold what we call a reforandum. In our country, when an issue has so divided opinion, it goes to the polls and we hold a special type of electoral process in which we cast a vote on that particular issue. Then the govt. is bound to follow the dictate of the people.
I don't think anyone knows what the American people really want, and perhaps that should be the first step. What does the majority want?
I think that's an awesome idea - let the people vote on the health care bill!
BTW, our Danes are totally laid-back couch potatoes - very Mastiff-like in personality!
Every one in Congress that votes to pass this health care legislation which uses FORCE to make people buy insurance and FORCE to make others pay for it, should be impeached for a violation of their oath of office, to uphold and protect the constitution. If Obama signs this bill into law, he too should be impeached!
The federal government has neither the authority or the right to pass such legislation, even IF the majority of Americans wanted them to!
If Americans accept the passage of this bill into law, you may as well throw the constitution in the garbage and say good bye to freedom!
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