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The Progressive Option

While the world has already had the healthcare debate and almost every western nation on the planet has realized that some sort of Universalized Healthcare is best way to go, America still seems to be on the slow side. The plan that most progressive Americans favor is the Medicare4All system which basically is the system that already exists and works so well that even Republicans know it would be political suicide to vote against it for those over 65 years of age.

In July, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner introduced an amendment to HR 3200 which called for the end of Medicare. He then went on the floor of the House and dared Republicans to vote for his amendment.

During the 2008 Presidential primary campaign people told me that Barack Obama was a progressive candidate. One man even compared him to Robert Kennedy. No matter how much I tried to tell people that Obama was not a progressive and was in fact a moderate who believed that he would just sit down and sing kumbaya with the Republicans, no one listened. The fact is that Obama got elected largely because he was able to trick the majority of Democrats that he was a progressive candidate.

When President Obama started the healthcare debate, the very first thing he did was to take the progressive option of Medicare4All off the table in favor of a compromise he called the Public Option. The fact is that now we have 60 Senators in the Senate and we don’t need to compromise America to appease the Republicans. We don’t even need all the Democrats as long as none of the Democrats attempt to filibuster. Obama could just tell the Democrats to vote for whatever plan he wants and if they don’t he won’t campaign for them. He could even threaten to campaign for some other Democrat in a primary if the current Democratic Senator doesn’t play ball.

But no, Obama is not a progressive. He is a kumbaya kind of guy. So he still pushed for his Public Option in the hopes of getting some Republicans to sign on. Well, now no Republicans have signed on and the Health Insurance Industry has bought some of the Democrats. Tomorrow Obama is going to address the full Congress in primetime. He is expected to be giving up on the Public Option in favor of making Health Insurance mandatory for all Americans for the increased profits of the Health Insurance Industry. In other words, he is expected to make the Health Insurance Monopoly/Trust stronger!

Maybe the President will surprise everyone and come into this speech fighting. But that is really unlikely. The fact is that America voted for Obama because they thought he was a progressive. The time has come to draw a line in the sand. If Obama guts the Public Option, we need to gut him politically. We need to send a clear message that if the Public Option goes and America is left with no real reform, we need to put up a real progressive against Obama in the 2012 primary. Personally, I think the best choice politically would be for Howard Dean to run against Obama should Obama abandon the Public Option. While I like Kucinich better, the sad fact is that most Americans will not vote for him. Dean still has a lot of credibility and is progressive enough to make it work.

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  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    Why should the government guarantee healthcare? Through all of this no one has been able to answer this question for me. Constitutionally speaking, what makes it the governments responsibility to run healthcare?

    Personally I think it is the responsibility of adults to take care of themselves and the responsibility of family members to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      First off, it isn’t just an issue of some people have and some people not having. I have health insurance. Guess what? I still get bills from the doctor because the health insurance industry decided that they didn’t want to do their job. So let me explain this again. My wife and I pay for insurance to cover the cost of medical bills so that IF we have to go to the doctor, the insurance will cover the bill. That is why we pay every month. However, sometimes the health insurance company will simply decide, “no, don’t feel like doing the job you paid us to do.” Then what? Well, we can’t switch insurance companies because my wife gets it through her employer. So we are fucked. Fortunately, my wife works for a small company and her boss wanted to switch insurance companies anyway for his own reasons. Then the new insurance company does the same damn thing. I have been told that there are only two main insurance companies in PA and they both suck. So now what?

      Oh and for the record, it is in the Constitution:
      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

      “Why should the government guarantee healthcare?”

      Because that is what the voting citizens want and what Europe and Canada already did.

      “Through all of this no one has been able to answer this question for me. Constitutionally speaking, what makes it the governments responsibility to run healthcare?”

      Because the government is our servants and once the republican party stops spreading lies about health care, we can pick it up too. The police and fire department are not private. If my house was getting robbed and I got billed thousands of dollars for calling the police to protect myself, the mission statement of the police force gets jeopardized. If my house was on fire and I couldn’t get a fireman to come because I had no insurance so I lost everything I owned then we would be in trouble.

      If my kid couldn’t get into school to learn to read and do simple math due to me schools being private, not public, my child would be screwed and our nation would be full of idiots. Government does transportation too. Let’s that roads are privately owned. You have to pay a toll every time you drive. There is a reason taxes pay for these things and why they are socialized. What we simply want to do is add health care to this list of things. Most of which will be taxed from the rich who control 95% of the money and rip us off anyways.

      Universal health care will increase the happiness of nearly all Americans minus the rich people who have so much money that their loss isn’t significant enough to prevent giving the majority the gain. The reason people are against universal health care is because people in the republican party probably have investments that benefit from the health care system we have now.

      “Personally I think it is the responsibility of adults to take care of themselves and the responsibility of family members to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.”

      You need to buy a gun to protect yourself with no police, you need to have your own fire defense system, you need to educate your own children, and you need to take some dirt road in the woods for 200 miles because we don’t have highways. If you did that, you’d be responsible adults but clearly most people couldn’t afford to pay for their own guards, firemen, their own private schools, nor to build their own highways so you’d have to do what I listed above.

      • http://www.spiritualtramp.com/blog Scott Roche

        “Because that is what the voting citizens want”

        That’s what some voting citizens (myself included) want, but I don’t think it’s what enough of us want.

        • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=413747468 Robb

          The problem is that there is so much disinformation out there at the moment that your average American, would be beneficiary of a public health care option doesn’t realize that they themselves would be exactly that; THE BENEFICIARY. The Republican party has nothing to offer this country beyond wind fall corporate profits, fear and lies, so they do what they do best; convoluted the issues in an effort to maintain their positions of power. Sadly enough they are masters at getting people to vote against their own self interests using those very same tactics again and again. Fear, disinformation and blatant lies; straight out of the Republican/Fascist play book.

  • http://www.spiritualtramp.com/blog Scott Roche

    I see. So you want us to lose?

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Who is “us” exactly? I want America to win, and if Obama isn’t willing to do the job we elected him to do, that we all lose.

      • http://www.spiritualtramp.com/blog Scott Roche

        By us I meant progressives/democrats. Because frankly I don’t think anyone more “progressive” than Obama could win the election.

        • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

          Do you have any evidence to support that statement? Because it has been reported that before the Republican smear campaign, about 70% of Americans wanted health care reform. Dean is more progressive than Obama and I think he would have a serious shot in 2012 if people got fed up with Obama’s kumbaya stance. The reason that Congress’s approval rating is so low isn’t because they are too progressive, it is because they don’t have balls. A progressive with balls and credibility (Dean) could win. It would at least push Obama to be more progressive and to grow a backbone.

          • http://www.spiritualtramp.com/blog Scott Roche

            No more evidence than you have that Dean would have won. The fact that the Republican smear campaign succeeded at all indicates to me that change needs to be gradual. Hey maybe I’m wrong, and I’d vote for someone more progressive in a heartbeat, and America is ready for someone with some backbone. I don’t think I am though. America had enough “my way or the highway” from the last guy.

        • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

          Steve Hildebrand, Former Obama campaign adviser, “I love him, I love Michelle, I want him to succeed, but all of us need to put pressure on him and Congress to do the right things. The American people put confidence in the Democrats because they thought we could get things done, and if we fail, they’re not going to give it back.”

          • http://www.spiritualtramp.com/blog Scott Roche

            Hey pressure away.

  • Robb

    I find it ironic that most of those right wing conservative types taking a stance against Universal Health Care also typically identify themselves as Christians. Isn’t Christianity a religion claiming to be about empathy, brotherly love and understanding? To quote Jesus himself “As you do unto the least of these my family you do unto me.” Does that only apply when its not a political fight?

    • http://www.myspace.com/itsahicke Her3tiK

      These are the same people who tend to think the Earth is 10,000yrs old. Does sorting out that kind of logic seem like their strong suit?

  • Kat

    Let’s elect Anthony Weiner for President..seems to be the only one with any balls left

  • Sembazuru

    A video that my wife found on youtube. Gives a good parallel for why Health Care should be universal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jng4TnKqy6A

  • Mike

    “While I like Kucinich better, the sad fact is that most Americans will not vote for him.”

    Why?? Are Americans against a straight shooter??

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