9 December 2009: Health Care or Wealth Care:
Another Deadline Looms
decided I have nothing more to say, having determined what really needs to be
done, induced evolution, I realized, after reading today's news, that we can
move in that direction by supporting whatever health-care legislation Congress
can pass, for this simple reason:
Obama's was a protest victory rather than a mandate for Progressive action. Moderates, the true majority in this country, joined with liberal Republicans and all Democrats to elect Obama. I think the color of his skin had very little to do with it, though I do rejoice with the Afro-American population for this historic victory.
I have read a summary of the legislative compromise in the Senate announced by Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is, by the way, antichoice.
Here is today's New York Times report-- www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/health/policy/10health.htm -- on as much information as Reid divulged. Details are forthcoming.
Having read also that House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers disagreed with Obama to the point that the president protested and Conyers publicized it, I sent him this note (not all of it is quoted--I left out my views on troop escalation in Afghanistan), adding since I wrote the note that Senator Russ Feingold also objects to the present form of the legislation:
"I think it is of CRITICAL AND CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE that we get behind any healthcare legislation we can before Election 2010, or there will be none at all, given O's ratings and the insecurity of the moderates--4 senators representing the majority of this country.
It's now or never, folks. People have a lot to gain from even the Senate compromise. We need to get behind it. Spin those wheels. If Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich withdraw their support at the ultimate decisive moment, then they will be joining their true opponents and really letting the people down.
United we stand. Don't let the people down. Since when has perfect legislation ever passed? We had some problems with Johnson's Voting Rights Act of 1965, but it's still there. We can't kill problems, only fight against them.
The Christmas recess is approaching for Congress. Next comes January, when legislators begin to focus on their campaigns for reelection in November. The sooner the finished bill is served to the entire Congress, the sooner moderates can support it and then do other things to mollify their conservative constituents before the 2010 elections."
Further dissent among the Democrats will undoubtedly protract the debate beyond November 2010.
To me it's a fight between something or nothing. Look how much damage the Republicans did from 2000 to 2008 by maintaining as much unity as they did. They love our dissension.
Again, moderates are the majority. Progressives backed Obama despite his intentions to continue the fight in Afghanistan.
So let's stand together. The lives of so many Americans are in our hands. Further delay will work against them as well as us.
Go for it. Let's hesitate no further.