Thursday, October 29, 2009

Demented Senators? Voting to Kill, But Not to Heal

Hearing Mary Landrieu, Joe Lieberman and other moderates express discontent with a public plan option is too much to bear. These centrists say they oppose a public plan for various reasons, including expense. If they had exhibited such caution before they voted to authorize military force in Iraq, the country could possibly have avoided the unnecessary expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars and the loss of thousands of lives fighting a senseless war.

Several moderate Senate Democrats (Lieberman is now an "Independent") voted to authorize military force in Iraq, but they now oppose the public plan. These Senators include Evan Bayh, Landrieu, Lieberman, and Ben Nelson. In 2002, every Senate Republican voted to authorize military force in Iraq. Today, every Senate Republican opposes the public plan.

These Senators voted to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to kill Iraqis and to lead young Americans to their deaths, but they refuse to finance life-saving medical care for Americans. Apparently, this is how "pragmatism" looks.


peavea said...

I think health care should be individualized, not accross theboard. If you need help, you get it by direct request. No litle jars to collect pennies on store counters. But, don't make criminal penalties. Don't fine people who don't join. That is fucking fascism.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Peavea: In a world with endless money, your argument works. But most people who are uninured either cannot afford it or are gaming the system waiting until they get sick. The public wants the government to ban insurance companies from dropping people who get sick or from denying coverage of "pre-existing conditions." But if this is the case, then people definitely won't get insurance until they are sick. This is actually unfair to the insurance companies.

Finally, the penalties are not "criminal"; they are in the form of a tax. There is nothing criminal about taxing people.

arfisher said...

Thank you for saying what I have been thinking. Who cared about the deficit when it came to the war in Iraq? Where is all that money to finance it coming from?

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