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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Health Care Fatigue

Comment from Caroline in Leesburg VA at end. "Perhaps it should be suggested that each Congressman reveal his personal health plan and what the premiums are."

I'm not tired of the health care debate. Not at all.

What I'm sick and tired to death about is the political theater. Somewhere along the road to reform, the concept of Health Care became a euphemism for political gridlock.

Where's the "health" in the health care reform? Health Care Fatigue is the purposeful way Republicans are deflating the public's tolerance for a debate which no one understands, except, of course, if you are among the 30 million people who don't have health care insurance.

That's who this debate is about. It's not about Ohio's Representative Boehner, who has health insurance coverage. Instead, it's about people like my husband's nephew who works 60 hours a week in his own business but cannot afford health insurance.

So, President Obama held a publicly televised summit to flush out the divisive issues on C-Span. Nothing changed. Thirty million people who didn't have coverage before the summit, still don't.

Instead of having CNN cover the summit story's after-spin, maybe the public would have learned more from a consumer broadcaster. Perhaps an expert anchor, like in competitive figure skating. A person who really gets what the problems are. Surely, finding someone to talk on TV would not be difficult with 30 million people to choose from. At least one person among 30 million uninsured is likely to have broadcast experience, and maybe be unemployed, as well.

Republicans look fatigued, as well, giving their repetitive responses to health care reform. They're like parrots repeating the same sentences over and over because it's all they know. "This big." Really? Tell us something we don't know. Republicans in Congress all have health care coverage; they don't know what it's like to be among 30 million less fortunate people who don't.

I'm not tired of Health Care Reform debates. Debating is always educational, in a level playing field. When one side of the debate lies, twists the truth, relies on rhetoric rather than fact or simply makes stuff up - then I call this "truth fatigue". For example, it's a lie that health care reform is a big government program or socialism. It's a lie that health care reform is going to cost too much money. It's costing us too much money not having health coverage for everyone. Socialism, by the way, is not a health care system, it's a political and economic system. Oh God! I'm so fatigued trying to defend the truth, I never get around to explaining what health care reform really is.

Which is precisely the point. Republicans who have health care coverage don't care one hoot about those who don't, or else, they would stop this exhausting banter and get down to doing the right thing.

I'm energized by people who do the right thing, aren't you?

Getting health care reform accomplished will energize a country where political fatigue is now the politically correct way to deal with problems. Just take the oxygen out of the debate and the patient will suffocate. Shame on everyone who has become an obstacle to helping 30 million Americans get health care coverage.

I'm sick and tired of Republicans who don't want to share their good health care coverage with less fortunate American citizens who deserve better.

Hi Julie,

Pandora's box has been opened by the many forms of communication we have and there is no such thing as debate any longer on health care programs. It's just astounding to see our Congressmen refuse to even think about the lower economic levels of our American society who have been suffering through the decades. When they are talking about the options people have for a health care plan, they are not talking about people without jobs or those already devastated by disease or accidents. As I understand the health care system, everyone with a health plan is already paying for those without insurance through higher premiums--just like with automobile insurance.

Perhaps it should be suggested that each Congressman reveal his personal health plan and what the premiums are. Wouldn't everyone be surprised at the deal they have?!




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