While the Republican Party has traditionally been in the hip-pocket of big business, money plays such an important role in getting elected in the U.S., that Democrats are also acting like corporate puppets these days. Whatever happened to voting one's conscience?
"Conscience is the still, small voice which tells a candidate that what he is doing likely will lose votes [and/or financial support]." -Laurence J. Peter
"Every Republican candidate for President since 1936 has been nominated by the Chase National Bank." -Robert A. Taft (a leading Republican in the 20th century)
"Though I believe in liberalism, I find it difficult to believe in liberals." -G.K. Chesterton
No person with a conscience can tolerate the fact that our current health care system does not cover almost 50 million Americans. And even those who are insured, find to their surprise that many illnesses or emergencies are not covered by their insurance policy. And even if you are covered, your care is far worse than in Europe and Canada. And no matter what, bankruptcy from health care is unique to the U.S. Health care is a right. It is one thing to have an honest opinion on specifics of a major health care overhaul; but it is unconscienable to simply try to block reform so your political opponent cannot win. That is tyranny. And that is exactly what Republicans are trying to do with Obama's call for health care reform. Sad. Shameful. Disgusting. Sinful. Ignorant. Pandering.
Too many Democrats who get support from corporate giants and political action committees from the Right, are too scared to support anything that is labeled negatively by neocons. Words like "socialism" are tossed around without any idea what the word or the connotation means. Average Joe's and Jane's are buying the greed-capitalism that sustains this tyrannical set of lies and misrepresentations. Just because these sorts of lies and distortions work in the U.S., does not mean they are right. It is a joke to label the national media "liberal" when it is owned by huge corporations that have specific agendas that do not conform to democracy. Greed-capitalism has gripped America and is destroying it.
Here is the true bottom-line about health care in America. It is far worse than in other industrialized nations with universal, one-payer health insurance. Insurance companies still flourish in these nations. Given the choice between what we have in the U.S. and what they have in "socialized" nations, the latter will always vote for what they have as opposed to the costly mess we have in the U.S. And our health outcomes are far, far worse than in western Europe and Canada. FINALLY: we cannot sustain our current health care system, it costs far too much with worse outcomes. Our current system, which costs far more than in Europe and Canada, will bankrupt the U.S. We have lousy health care and it costs us much more than other industrialized nations with worse outcomes. We need change and we need it now! Get Kohl and Feingold and our congresspersons off of their duffs and vote for an Obama plan. Otherwise we are headed for real [not imagined] disaster.