What kind of intention must exist for a massive death count be called a holocaust?
A recent study put the annuals deaths due to lack of health insurance at about 45,000 a year. That's up from previous estimates of 18,000 to 24,000.
That was before seven million people lost their jobs and soon, their health care.
That didn't include the people who are under-insured or who have been intimidated by insurers who have denied reimbursement for coverage of treatment or medication. I think the numbers are much higher, more like 100,000 deaths a year due to not having health insurance and an even bigger number for the underinsured and intimidated or reimbursement denied, but let's just go with an equal amount. so we're talking about 100 to 200,000 even 300,000 deaths a year.
I'd say those numbers reach holocaust proportions.
I'd say the intention by Republicans and Democrats like Max Baucus, with their dirty health care industry lobbyist money, was to create a situation that led to these deaths. That makes them accessories to them.
Grayson deserves our thanks for using the holocaust analogy. We should take it further. So many already unnecessarily dead, so many more sentenced to die because Max Baucus and Blanche Lincoln, Charles Grassley and John Boehner and a few dozen blue dog democrats recruited by Rahm Emanuel care more about the profits of health care corporations that the tens of thousand who will DIE because these politicians sold out their souls. Maybe we should show their dead bodies, like we've seen the skulls of the victims of Pol Pot in Cambodia, and make it clear that these Republicans and Democrats are killing people every day. They're saying what Grayson said wasn't NICE? Goddamn right it wasn't . But it's the truth and should be shouted throughout the halls of congress.
skulls from the killing fields of Cambodia
from flickr by narcissus...
This is not an affront to Jews. There are partisan Jews who will attack Congressman Grayson, but by doing so, they are abusing THEIR history of the Jewish people, using the real holocaust to politicize their accusation. This is not a Jewish issue. When so many die because of the intentional actions of others, it IS a holocaust and any Jew who remembers the holocaust will want to do all that is possible to prevent another one. THe shameful thing is, the holocaust in America is SO preventable. The question is, do Barrack Obabama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have the courage to do the right thing, which is not a weak public option that is triggered, like Olympia Snowe sells us-- just a prettier gas chamber for the dying. No, the answer is single payer-- the end of private health insurance in America. Anything less is soft pedaling to those who want to keep the dying, the killing happening.