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This is a debate about… March 21, 2010

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Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) states that the debate is about who is in control of our health care.

He says that “we should not confuse the social safety net with the slippery slope towards socialism.”

I’d grant the R’s the point about control of the system, if they would concede that individuals do not control their own health care choices now. Our employers and the private insurance companies control our access to health care right now.

The socialism argument is specious and inflammatory. Is it only being used for a President who doesn’t like like the last one? Is it a cover for race? All the people who are using it are Southern, unless you count one of my relatives from Idaho…

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) wisely made the point that after 17 months of debate-how can the minority complains that “the bill is being rushed through” without sufficient debate.

Rep. George Miller reiterates  that one benefit will be to remove the barrier of pre-existing conditions from people.

I have mentioned this before, but this will help me immensely! I know people who are trapped in their current jobs with no freedom and no flexibility to change jobs, because one of their children had the misfortune to have been born after their parents went to work for that employer.

Example: If a child has diabetes and their parents want to change jobs, the child has a pre-existing condition and will not be accepted by the new insurance company. They are trapped. Individual health care, if available would be unaffordable.

Health Care Quotes of the Week-The True Patriot October 8, 2009

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Last week I began to post a health care quote feature.¬† The first one was from Senator Kyl of Arizona. Just began to read The True Patriot by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu c. 2007. ( A little red book, they like to say…) I heard that health care was included so I randomly selected a section called Patriotic Values and Policies- A Ten Principle Plan and began to browse.

  • Principle 5 is Mutual Obligation
  1. From page 76…”This means, for instance, that providing basic health care is an essential responsibility that we have for one another.”… True patriots take care of their own…to ensure that no American is denied the minimum of health care necessary to be a productive citizen.” The authors go on to say that there is a role for the market in the delivery of health care. “But that role is servant, not master.”
  • Principle 7 is Stewardship.
  1. From page 78, “…Our commitment should be to leave our environment in better shape than when we found it, our nation’s fiscal house in better order, our public infrastructure in better repair and our people better educated and healthier.”

I agree. This fits with my view of the role of government. Once again, we must take back the language of our Founders-patriotism is also these things; not just what the gun totin’, flag pin-wearing members of our society would have us believe. What do you think?

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