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

goofus

Winston, did you see in this mornings Wall Street Journal that Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway to the strongest growth in 45 years. Sorry to change the topic.

NineMM

The "Just Do It" remark comes from someone who obviously doesn't understand the legislative process, let alone the part that partisan politics plays, and the power of lobbyists in Washington. In other words, special intrest groups, insurance giants, etc.

I agree that our healthcare system needs a good overhaul.......But you just can't do something by waving a magic wand, or trying to baffle someone with well versed bull-sh!t.

goofus

Why is it when I see the argument that every country has socialized health care I'm reminded of my parent's admonition that if every one of your friends jump off the cliff doesn't mean you have to.

6079 Smith W

@ duhast:

What do your MA friends say about their state’s health care diktat?

Economically, expenditures and costs cannot increase indefinitely – the system will eventually break down.

See Stein’s Law:

‘If something cannot go on forever, it will stop,’

If this program is forced on the country, doctors and other health care professionals will quit in droves and set up clinics in Mexico.

Outsourcing our healthcare to Mexico – now there’s a laugh!

Doctors in Florida are increasingly refusing to see Medicaid patients because of the inadequate re-imbursement rates.

6079 Smith W

Get educated and bury the partisan talking points.

Warren Buffett, a guy who’s infinitely more financially astute than anyone who frequents these blogs was on CNBC this morning.

Take a few minutes and listen to some of the common sense things that he had to say about the health care debate:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?...

Duhast

Winston. EVERYBODY’S insurance costs have gone up across the country. How do these numbers compare to the average national increase and how much has Mass. healthcare always been in comparison to national numbers? Also, companies across the board are reducing the percentage that they cover which affects the numbers. There is also quality of coverage versus cost to take into consideration as well.

goofus

OMG this is priceless. I'm going to be smiling for weeks about this column. Does this man actually receive money for posting a comedy piece. I started rolling on the floor laughing when this nutcase stated the independent office of the budget said Obama's plan is the best plan. The Independent Office the Budget is a publicy funded agency that provides nonpartisan information about New York City's budget to the public and their elected officials. By the way, San Diego California has one also. I'm curious as to what one Sanders was citing. ROFLMAO

6079 Smith W

@ mkb:

You’re right and I’m wrong? How simplistically childish is that?

Where’s your counter argument?

You wrote:

‘we all need health care reform.....even you!’

We also might agree that one needs an operation.

The question is to use a scalpel or an ax for the incision.

As far as Ponzi schemes go, BH Obama and the Dems are way ahead of Bernie Madoff.

6079 Smith W

Wanna see the future of forced healthcare?

‘Back to the ObamaCare Future
The Massachusetts 'model' moves to price controls.’:

“Last month, Democratic Governor Deval Patrick landed a neutron bomb, proposing hard price controls across almost all Massachusetts health care. State regulators already have the power to cap insurance premiums, which Mr. Patrick is activating. He also filed a bill that would give state regulators the power to review the rates of hospitals, physician groups and some specialty providers. Those that are deemed too high "shall be presumptively disapproved."

Meanwhile, average Massachusetts insurance premiums are now the highest in the nation. Since 2006, they've climbed at an annual rate of 30% in the individual market. Small business costs have increased by 5.8%. Per capita health spending in Massachusetts is now 27% higher than the national average, and 15% higher even after adjusting for local wages and academic research grants. The growth rate is faster too.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

If you can’t read the article, read the comments.

The fiscal mess that the Progressives are causing in Mass., is the same that they can cause for the entire U.S. with their wrongheaded approach.

brutus smith

Amen Rufus, amen.

mkb

Smith....you do not have a leg to stand on....this is a brilliant article. It is one of the best defenses for health care that I have heard in a long timne.....this is right and you know it.....so stop the filibusting and give Sanders credit for this piece.....we all need health care reform.....even you!

6079 Smith W

@ Sanders:

You wrote:

‘… they (conservatives) have committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved Black Americans, isolated Hispanic Americans and ostracized Asian Americans, all in the name of democracy.”

How is that not merely a sophomoric gross generalization?

Here’s a real horror that is historically documented:

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his Executive Order 9066 committed the greatest mass imprisonment of Americans and non-Americans in the history of the U.S.

Japanese, Italians and Germans of American and non-U.S. birth, in addition to European Jews were thrown into isolated compounds in the name of national security.

Thousands of innocent Americans lost their homes, processions and their businesses and were never adequately compensated.

Marxism and its many derivations have killed more innocents and destroyed more lives than any economic and social philosophy in the history of the world.

Force is a tool of authoritarians, not lovers of freedom.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe...

6079 Smith W

In order to continue the process of their financial ledgermain, pyramid schemes need a continuing supply of marks or suckers to invest in the dream.

Forcing everyone single American to purchase a govt. outlined insurance policy helps to supply the illusion that the economics are sound, but it is essentially the foundation for another government run confidence game like Social Security or Medicare.

Having more people invest in a faulty financial scheme does not eliminate the fact that it is badly designed and doomed to failure.

How about eliminating the federal deductibility of ALL private industry supplemented health care benefit programs in order to pay for a Medicare-like program for the millions of U.S. uninsured?

As of 2008, the tax expenditures for the exclusion of medical insurance premiums and medical care was $131 billion annually.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/b...

Those without health insurance are already supplementing those with health insurance though their tax dollars by making those contributions tax deductible.

Those that want to take the collectivist approach should agree that those who benefit should pay for those who do not.

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