Well, the time has come, health care reform is hanging by a thread. After months of yelling and screaming, millions upon millions of dollars spent by the insurance industry and Big Pharma, barely any of the real reforms many of us hoped for is left in the current Senate version of health care reform. Joe Lieberman and a few other conservative "Democrats", Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson have bowed to the pressure. Most Democrats, especially the liberals, worked extremely hard to make real health care reform happen, but corporate interests are on the verge of defeating real reform and handing over to the insurance companies 30 million new customers who will be forced to buy health insurance from private companies.
Where has the President been? Yes, he's had the Democrats over for coffee at the White House, but the real arm twisting, the no-more-Mr. Nice Guy attitude that was needed has been lacking, in other words, leadership. Insurance companies won't give up their cash cows without a fight.
The only way to get health care reform is to fight hard and have a take no prisoners approach to your opponents. Getting legislation like real health care reform is like war. You have to figuratively "kill the enemy." And the insurance industry and Big Pharma are the enemy of the people of the United States. Their goal is to make money, no matter what and as much as possible. In their minds, greed is good.
Keith Olbermann hit the nail head last night with his special comment. Forcing people to pay for health care and not offering a public option or a buy-in to Medicare is not the answer.
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