the Saps - They’re Doing It To Us Again!
care is a continuing and growing crisis in this county. The
issue has turned critical in Minnesota now that King Timothy
1st has threatened to abolish GAMC and deny
medical care to the sickest, oldest and most vulnerable
citizens in the state. President Obama promised to change
the way health care is provided in this country and make
adequate, affordable health care available to all our
citizens. His first effort in this great change was to
convene a round table meeting in Washington and invite all
the stakeholders to come and participate. Prominent members
of the medical-industrial complex attended this meeting and
made the surprising announcement that they also wanted to
make health care affordable for all Americans. Anyone
sophisticated enough not to believe in the Tooth Fairy,
Santa Clause and the Wee Little Folk should have been
of this pronouncement. Or as the poet Virgil said,
“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” (no offence to our
Greek friends) This is the same bunch that scuttled the
Clinton’s health care reform efforts.
And they are determined to do the same thing again.
At the heart of the Obama plan is a public health care
option. This will be a comprehensive medical and hospital
plan offered by the government. The public will then have a
choice to purchase this insurance or to maintain their
private insurance coverage. The effect of this will be to
provide real competition to private insurance companies who
will then, in the best spirit of free enterprise, be forced
to offer more affordable and better quality products. Free
enterprise is the last thing that the medical-industrial
complex wants. They have a strangle-hold on the throat of
medical care in this county and they are not about to
willingly let go. The New York Times newspaper recently
uncovered a plan by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North
Carolina to produce and air more “ Hairy and Louise”
type ads designed to destroy support for the public option.
No lie will be too big nor any distortion too brazen for
them to use in their effort to maintain their monopoly.
any of you take comfort in the democratic majorities in the
House and Senate to insure passage of the public option I
will remind you of how quickly
the Senate leadership and rank and file abandoned
President Obama’s effort to close the notorious prison at
Guantanamo Bay in spite of their pious pronouncements during
their recent campaigns. If you want comprehensive and
affordable health care you cannot rely on politicians to get
it for you. This will not happen unless the voice of the
people is louder than the voice of the medical-industrial
complex. All of us can be a part of the solution if we take
the time to contact our congressperson and senator and
demand three things:
1. Health care reform this year.
2. An affordable and comprehensive public option.
3. An end to the monopoly enjoyed by big pharmaceutical
I suggest that you contact your congressional representatives at least once a week or more often with the same message. Encourage your family and friends to do the same. If we are just too busy in our private pursuits to help ourselves then We the People will just continue to be We the Saps who let them do it to us again.
Robinson, AFSCME Local 34