Americans want a real remedy to America’s health care problems. I want a real remedy. Virtually all other developed nations HAVE a real remedy.
There is one thing stopping the U.S. from having that remedy: political calculation.
Yes – I understand that we need, at times, to exercise discretion in achieving practical compromises. We now know that compromise is not possible, due to the intransigence of the Minority.
The public has shown, for many months, that it is strongly in favor of the public option. Independent voters, especially, have shown their support for a public option, despite confusion over recent legislative proposals.
Please support the passage of health care reform legislation, including a public option, by whatever means is necessary. Reconciliation is a viable and powerful tool. Please use it.
It is my judgement that much of the public consternation about recent legislative proposals is due to the large uncertainties about whether legislation can be enacted. Restore public confidence. Act decisively and provide us with this generation’s essential and irreplaceable contribution to ‘promote the general Welfare‘.
As Jesus was asked “Who is my neighbor?“, it is time that we (both the elected and the electorate) ask, “Who do we serve?“. It is not the wealthy and the powerful who need change. It is taxpayers and those who are excluded by the health industry who need action that is in their best interest.
Many of them do not know their own best interest. We want you, other Congressional leaders, and the President to make real reform happen, regardless of the cacophony of propagandists and their fearful targets. Their voices will rapidly fade, exactly as they vanished after the passage of Medicare in 1965.