And now…the rest of the story…;)
We have a saying in the South, maybe you’ve heard it: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Well, the health care system in this country is BROKEN and needs to be FIXED. I am SO sick of hearing about “protesters” at the town hall meetings screaming the words “Socialists” and “Socialism” in attempts to use fear tactics to scare people into being against Obama’s health care program…and why is that? Who stands to lose if Obama’s plan succeeds? Well, let’s see…insurance companies and their lobbyists, drug manufacturers and their lobbyists, fat cat CEOs of said insurance companies and big pharma companies – and any high paid individuals who PROFIT from people being SICK.
What’s SICK is that anyone can make so much money off the suffering of others. I’m not going to rant politics right now (too tired), and also want to say that BOTH political parties have agendas and lobbyists, so keep in mind that regardless of which side of the political fence you stand on, there are going to be bills passed (and not passed) by Congress that you, as constituents, are not going to like.
Here are a couple of videos to give you some food for thought:
The health-care reform bill is currently 1018 pages long. How about chopping it down to even 100 pages of everyday English (not legalese gobbledy-gook that no one can understand) stating exactly what it means for the common American citizen? No, I don’t mean the “news sites” that supposedly have been able to pull pieces from pages of the bill and construct their own version of what it means to me or you (I can take anything out of context and build a case for whatever)…I mean an actual government document PDF file available for anyone and everyone to read and decide for themselves whether they were for or against it (and hell, Congress is taking a long enough vacation that we should have time to read it, right?). Well, guess what? Because I work in a library, I know how to dig through pages (and pages) of information and find what I’m looking for in a (relatively) short amount of time.
So here is my small (hahaha!) gift from me to you.
HERE, for your full perusal is HR3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Because it is over 1000 pages long, be sure you allow it enough time to download. It may appear “stuck” at points because it is still loading…
“Patience, Grasshopper.” You will be rewarded with being able to slog through all of it and make up your own mind.
Or, you can read a four page abridged summary of it here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3590/show
, taken from opencongress.org, which also, btw, lists other bills that current senators are supporting or opposing…hmmm… wanna play connect the dots, anyone?
Or, you can stay in your political comfort zones and listen to what everyone on your side of the fence is saying, or follow your favorite main stream media and do what they tell you. Your choice.
Freedom of speech means the freedom to disagree. But if and when you disagree, don’t you think it would be wise to know why? Enjoy.