Just a short note. I voted for Obama for many reasons, but one of the most important was that he stood up in a pre-election debate and said that health care is a right, not a privilege. He clearly considers health care a moral issue while the Republicans think of it as a privilege that some can afford, and others not. This stark difference highlights the division between the majority of Americans (who see health care as a right and access to quality care as a moral issue) and the GOP (which sees health care in terms of real and potential profit for themselves and their patrons).
It’s very hard to watch the current insanity playing out in Congress, where the GOP is sidelining themselves by being overtly obstructionist and generally ridiculous, and the Democrats seem to be bending over backwards to compromise with both the conservatives and the corporate parasites that have grown rich feeding off this nation’s health care pain. I understand that compromise is at the heart of American politics, but Obama and the other Democrats are dangerously close to passing a health care reform bill that will be a moderate to complete failure at improving our health care system.
Any health care reform bill that does not include a public option, mandatory coverage, and meaningful oversight of big pharma and other rampaging medical profiteers will be a failure.