Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's Not Too Late

Okay, I'm not particularly enthralled with the Health Care "Reform" bill. I really wouldn't be, since I'm a single-payer guy.

But I just emailed Brian Baird, my sit-on-the-fence congressman, and told him I wanted him to vote for it.

I can't imagine why he's still claiming he's "undecided", especially in light of the fact that he's not even running again this year.

So it's not too late for you to contact your representative and make your feelings known. Let's support a bill that is at least a step in the right direction. If this bill doesn't pass, the wingnut teabaggers will claim a "victory". Let's not let that happen.

PS -- Be sure to read Michael Moore's terrific open letter to the person who just happens to be his own congressman: My Congressman, Bart Stupak, Has Neither a Uterus Nor a Brain.


Anonymous said...

I'm horribly disappointed with what will go through despite Republithug c-blocking. Those who can least afford over-priced health insurance such as myself will be fined or possibly JAILED if we refuse to purchase these godawful plans. Even if I had a job right now, I'd still be dumping a large part of my near minimum wage paycheck into the same terrible health insurance plans from the same 3 monopolies. All the backroom blood money and horse trading have taken all the reformative teeth out of this plan months before the vote seemed likely. Lord help the people who this bill was supposed to "help", it's not even that great a starting point to reform as time goes on. Bet the Dems eat the big one come election time, then we get another 1994 style Republigoon Reformation that will erode what got voted through so we're collectively FURTHER behind in health care than that time, just like wages and consumer protections have reset to Dickensian levels that were once thought improbable, but have happened through the Lovecraftian marriage of incompetent government and small-brained special interests...


Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, Anon.
When I think about it, I get pissed off at my own party over some of this bullshit.
I'd seriously think about a third party if I were younger. I kind of resent the fact that I'm in my dotage and the Dems pretty much take me for granted, knowing as they do that I will never vote for a Republican.
--The F Man

Farnsworth68 said...

Whoops, I meant to say "Thanks WS"

Anonymous said...

Replying to "Anonymous said..."

I pretty much agree with you. I would have preferred to see Medicare opened to enrollment. However, as that didn't happen, Alan Grayson (D) Florida wants open enrollment for Medicare.

Go to the NCBlue blog and sign the electronic petition. (Just typing in NCBlue pulls it up for me.)

If nothing else, it gives the Dems an idea of how many people would back the idea.

Jay in N.C.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, Anon. It actually appears to be BLueNC, but in my my ccursory examination I didn't see a petition.
--The F Man

Anonymous said...

You're right! I signed back into NCBlue and did not find it either.

Anyway, here is the site for the petition

I don't think signing the petition will do anything much other than perhaps encouraging Grayson.

In my small world, it has always seemed obvious to me that opening Medicare for enrollment was the simplest (simple is always best) and most cost effective way of addressing the medical insurance problem.

Thanks for your blog.

Jay in N.C.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, Anon. Here's a clickable link to that petition. It's associated with the Alan Grayson for Congress page.
And everyone, while you're in the neighborhood, you might drop some cash on Grayson for his upcoming reelection fight. I'm sure that the Rethugs are going to come at him full court press this fall.