Single payer dead; public option dead, according to BusinessWeek reporters Chad Terhune and Keith Epstein, interviewed on Democracy Now, August 17, 2009. More people dead, every day, because they can't afford a doc, a drug, or an operation, according to Michael Moore, in his movie and on his blog, Sicko. Health industry contributions to politicians up up up. Up ours. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a.k.a., Open Secrets.org's report: Health Companies and Drug Manufacturers Lead the Pack During Year's Second Quarter.
To the victors, go the spoils.
Contributions from Health Care to Congress:
And where's the peace movement? Confused and in disarray, thanks to the Obama campaign's false promise of peace, and fearful of losing their homes, job, and health care. Many have joined the battle for universal health care, if still engaged at all.
Though Code Pink is making health care not warfare an issue, Lisa Blank, a friend and loyal member of Code Pink-Phoenix told me she believes that:
There is no immediate intention to solve the health care crisis. It is a big shiny thing in the room to distract our attention from the ongoing occupations, and, it allows Obama the ability to add 45,000 troops to Afghanistan while America looks the other way. Since Obama took office, 103 US Troops have died in Iraq and 148 in Afghanistan. The United Health Care exec makes in one hour what the wars cost us per minute.
Another friend of mine, an outspoken and much quoted advocate of clean, renewable energy, currently employed by a sparely funded coalition, recently said to me:
Ann, I need a hip replacement. I'm in pain every day. So, if one of these dirty power corporations offered to pay me, with health insurance that would cover hip surgery, and, if all I had to do was write computer code, as I often have to make a living, I'd have to do it. Because I can't keep doing this work much longer in this kind of pain.
I've long agreed that health care is a peace issue, and a social justice and environmental issue, because so few speak out or take chances when living in a constant state of anxiety about health care for themselves and/or their families. So I understood why Ralph Nader put "Adopt single payer national health insurance" at the very top of his crystal clear, twelve "Issues that Matter" platform in his 2008 presidential run, ahead of:
Cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget
No to nuclear power, solar energy first
Aggressive crackdown on corporate crime
and corporate welfare
Open up the Presidential debates
Adopt a carbon pollution tax
Reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East
Repeal the Taft-Hartley anti-union law
Adopt a Wall Street securities speculation tax
Put an end to ballot access obstructionism
Work to end corporate personhood