SANDERS: Just do it, Mr. President

By RUFUS G.W. SANDERS, Register columnist Finally the time has come for this country to do what
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

By RUFUS G.W. SANDERS, Register columnist

Finally the time has come for this country to do what it has been trying to do for the last 100 years: Pass a national health care bill that will ensure the bulk of the American public is afforded the Constitutional promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- and, might I add, decent health care. It is a shame it has taken this country this long to come to this point. Of all the industrialized countries in the world only America has no national health care plan. That is moral perversity, a travesty and a social insult to the very principles of democracy.

On Thursday President Obama, along with the Democratic leadership, met with would-be obstructionists to discuss what will be the most important social legislation in this nation's history since Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. He laid out the most clear, civil, and fair arguments one could make as to why all Americans should be entitled to health care. If the issue of health care is not solved, this country -- in a very short period, like when the president was forced to infuse the economy with stimulus money -- is heading for major economical collapse. He ended the meeting by conveying to the obstructionists if they have a better plan -- then lead us!

It's no secret historic conservatives have always been opposed to programs which generally benefit the entire American people. They tend to represent the elite segment of capitalism who, many more times than not, have sacrificed the weak, tired, poor, hungry and disenfranchised amongst us to bolster their own status and philosophy of strong rugged American independence. By doing so, they have committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved Black Americans, isolated Hispanic Americans and ostracized Asian Americans, all in the name of democracy.

The president's bill, for sure, has problems. But it is innovative and creative enough to at least guarantee the subsidy of health care coverage for 30 million Americans who presently are without it. He knows the major concern in this capitalistic society is that insurance and pharmaceutical companies will suffer from government-mandated health care, but any thinking person also knows it's the insurance and pharmaceutical companies who kill us with exorbitant prices, along with their rules which discriminate by deciding who can live and who must die. The president simply proposes to regulate them before they begin to turn on themselves in the process of killing us all.

Then there is the fear this bill will really be about redistribution of wealth to the tune of $200 billion to help pay for the working poor's insurance. Well, to that I say: It is the working poor whose cheap labor allows 10 percent of this population to control 90 percent of the assets and wealth. Maybe after 234 years, we need a redistribution of wealth and power. When the obstructionists wanted to wage two undeclared wars at the same time, all while saber rattling with Iran and North Korea, we heard not one peep from them as to the astronomical cost of funding not only their folly and foolishness.

The president's plan would not only cover 30 million presently uninsured and under-insured; it would also reduce future deficits and control medical costs through the meager regulation of the industry. Most important is the oversight of excessive premium increases. He would alleviate the gap created by Medicare's drug coverage program which prohibits many elderly patients from paying for their medicines. He would even help states that say they can't afford to expand their Medicaid Plan.

The president's plan is not perfect and it is costly, but we must begin somewhere and we must start now. The obstructionists will not reduce the number of uninsured and they will not provide for affordable insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, something we all will eventually have. And they make no real provisions at reigning in cost. The independent office of the budget declares the president's plan really is the best plan, even with its flaws. But it will eventually reduce the national deficit by $100 billion.

So if these obstructionists are really concerned about real reform, they must put their ideas on the table. Stop being "busters." Give this guy a chance. He is willing to work with you.

Mr. President, this will be our last chance probably for some time to fix this thing, and it's in the best interest of our country. So go for it! All that it takes is a majority vote for passage in the Senate. You have that majority of votes. They know it. You know it! And we know it! So just do It! Pull the reconcilation trigger! Pass this bill! It's their health as well we are talking about. The day will come when they will need health care reform too.

Comments

digger nick

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter
installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have
laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own
and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take
Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM
stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you
have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special
Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and
incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a
thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing
videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly
narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you
have approved?

If George W.. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the
non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a
minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with
people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you
have approved?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco
de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of
May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again,
would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word "advice" would you have
hammered him for it for years, like Dan Quayle and potatoe, as proof of
what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a
single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low
over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown
Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether
they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims
throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in
New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political
issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report
directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is
happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major
corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so,
would you have approved?

If George W Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had
taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you
have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10
years, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant
and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all
this in 12 months -- so you'll have three years to come
up with an answer.

MHL

Obviously Mikel has yet to review the GOP manifesto for fundraising yet. They use fear tactics to scare you into donationsMikel.

Let me clue you in: Obama is as much a communist as I am a neocon.

brutus smith

C'mon mikel enlighten me, when 10% of private citizens, not the Gov monsters you portray, control 90% of our wealth is headed towards Communism???? No name calling, just provide facts to support your view.

mikel

when the gov controls your life then it is communist. our gov is positioning itself to control 2 of the 3 most important aspects, financial and health, so i think that almost constitutes a communist country. comrade.

brutus smith

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/11...

Now where is your proof we are socialist, Marxist, Communist or all your other wacked out accusations? Time to put up or shut up.

goofus

Where are the facts that 10% control 90% of the wealth? I know that the wealthiest 10% of Americans pay 90% of the income tax.

brutus smith

Good point mkb. When 10% of the people control 90% of the wealth tell me once again goofus how that's Communism??????

stormy

mkb, who exactly is hugh, and what does he have to do with insurance?

stormy

brutus, please explain to me how mandatory health insurance, and higher taxes to pay for those who can't afford it, will stop the plant closings and the job hemorrhage?

Keeping and creating jobs HERE should be the first order of business. Yes, we DO need to fix health care, but I think the priorities are mixed up at the moment.

wetsu

"Wing-nuts, Wing-nuts,
Bush-Bush-Bush"

mkb

goofus
It was the republican economic policies opf the last 8 years which sent the country into By the way do you have insurance? Or must you fight for it like 30 million others?

mkb

goofus
10% of the populationn already control 90% of economy...so who is taking over what.

mkb

stormy
Part of fixing the economy is fixing health care....we must deal with the hugh segment called the insurance industry

mkb

so
at least you realize that Bush was a dingbat

goofus

In order for Communism to work Marx stated that you have to destroy the existing country's government by bankruptcy. Hmmmm Health Care?

goofus

Brutus, the problem is the left wants to take OVER 1/6th of the economy.

mikel

bs..you are missing my point. if you follow my comments they are aimed at people who don't or won't work because they are to lazy. as long as people who are on the low end of the pay scale work for it then ok by me. but don't be going out and buying a big screen tv, wii, x-box, have three cell phones etc and then whine because you can't afford health insurance. thats where i draw the line. prioritize, you know like health insurance before that other crap.

again, the usa has become a land of entitlements and rewards people for laziness.

brutus smith

By fixing something that takes up 1/6 of our economy won't fix our economy?????? Rationalize that one for me stormy.

goofus

Ooops, I saw all the blogs about rich people with vacation homes in the caribean and I thought you were talking about Charles Rangle, my bad.

stormy

mkb, I truly wish that your last comment to me had a basis.

Fixing health care will not BEGIN to fix the economy; there's too much else wrong with it.

Fix the economy first; then we'll be able to AFFORD health care reform. Real reform, not a half-baked, rushed, band-aid approach.

brutus smith

The question is mikel and a couple of others is why do you always attack the bottom of the food chain in regards to how taxpayer money is spent? Somehow you equate wealth as to having worked hard for it. Other than being one of Sam Walton's children, how did they work hard for their wealth? The majority of people in the lower and middle classes work hard for their money. Just because they weren't born into wealth doesn't mean they don't work hard. People born into wealth can take chances that those who were not can't.

And no offense to you but 200k is not the wealth I'm talking about. It used to be 1 income provided well for a family, and if you did want to better yourself you worked another part time job. Now people are working 2 jobs, have no benefits and are still 1 medical tragedy away from disaster. Shouldn't happen in this country.

so.....

mkb
obama isnt saving me, he's trying to kill the country i love. nothing he does makes sense.he has no love or loyalty to this country and he makes that painfully obvious around the world with his disrespectful behavior and apologies.bush may have been a dingbat, but had he acted the way obama does , he would have been impeached.i would rather have a misguided dingbat than a wolf in sheeps clothing. nothing good will come from this man being in office.

mikel

mkb..what makes you think i sit in the dark? just because i think some people need to take more responsibility for themselves? or is it that i despise the fact that some families have used gov't entitlements for generations? i have no problem with welfare and medicaid going to individuals that can't work for medical reasons. but, laziness is not a medical reason.

it is funny that people and even the gov criticize health insurers for using pre-existing clauses with health insurance. but, let me ask the following question. if you were going to "invest" in a new car, as health insurers do in people, would you buy one with a blown engine? i mean after all you know there is a major problem with it but it shouldn't matter that after buying it you have to dump thousands more of your dollars into it should it? is that how you shop for a car? probably not. you look for a car that will be a sound investment and not nickel and dime you right? why shouldn't health insurers be allowed to the same?

yes, there needs to be some sort of reform but not by the same people that have run the usps, amtrak, ssi and medicare into the ground. all of those entities should at least be self sustaining and two of the four are currently so far in the red that they will never get out and the last two are on the verge of the same fate.

libertarian

brutus smith: "mikel, please tell me again why taxpayer dollars should be wasted on Corporations and CEO's who consistently send our jobs overseas???? These fat, lazy, drug abusing corporate executives using our tax dollars to buy another vacation home, launder money through the Cayman Islands, smokers, alcoholics, spending our taxpayer dollars like drunken sailors."

I agree with you brutus on this particular point, even though you are a pathetically leftwingnut collectivist thug failure.

But the real question is why tax dollars be wasted on anyone? No one has the right to hire (by voting or contributing to a political campaign) government thugs to violate the natural rights of anyone by extorting money from anyone-weather it be for health care, corporate welfare or any other subsidy.

In mikel's defense: Brutus, an opposition to people receiving a health care subsidy does not equal an advocacy of corporate subsidies.

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Mime Bloggling

One again President Obama lies.

Obama ‘American Agenda’ Flashback: Dems Should Not Pass Healthcare With a 50-Plus-1 Strategy

Video here: http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-am...

mkb

Mikel
Do you ever see sun light or do you sit in the dark always

mkb

stormy
fix health care and you will fix the economy

stormy

mkb, aka rgws, if you will take the time to re-read what I posted, you'll see that I'm NOT satisfied with the status quo. My premiums and deductibles have gone way up, and my co-pay has been TRIPLED. I have slightly greater affection for zebra mussels than I do for insurance companies.

I am in favor of reform; I just don't like the current Dem. proposals, or the efforts to rush them into law. I also feel that fixing the economy, for ALL of us, ought to come first.

AnAmerican

c/p from "friend".

" This is what I find ironic. All you 60's hippies that hated the government are now proposing government run healthcare. What do you know that we don't? "

How would you propose we pay for things if not with money? With good intentions?

There is no such thing as free healthcare. Someone has to pay for it. After all, who's going to pay the union dues for all the new public employees in the system? "

" WHAT IS WRONG WITH PROFIT!?!?!?!?!?!

My GOD what has this country come to that people are chastised for making money? Without profit, there is no motive for innovation. ""
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Obstructionists we are not, free, hardworking taxpayers we are.

AnAmerican

What a socialist tool...this "man" is as delusional as Nancy Pelosi and Obama

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