Posts Tagged ‘health care’
First I am glad that as a nation we can now move ahead with the task of rolling out health care access to all Americans. Thus we enter the 20th century compared to all other industrialized nations. We have steps to go to join the 21st century, but at least the journey has begun finally.
Second, Republicans will still not give up their grip of controlling people’s health care. Those represented by the Republican Party believe their destiny is to control the lives of those of us who are not in their opinion able to control our own lives. They have various ways of maintaining that control, such as what decisions a woman can make about her reproductive system, who can vote, who can be allowed into the country, what we are taught and on and on.
Controlling people’s access to healthcare is a major way to control people. If a person can’t access health care, their ability to function as a full citizen is impaired as they are not able to control their own life. Now Republicans no longer have that power over others’ lives. This is a huge break in the control they have had. For example, people will soon be able to leave their jobs and still have access to health care on an affordable basis. The employer no longer will have the chain of health insurance to tether an employee.
Third, I simply can’t see a Republican Party that will hold together much longer with a platform of taking away access to health care, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid along with their traditional platform of denying the vote to classes of people, wrecking the public school system and things like teaching science. What they stand for as a party has become toxic to any sensient human. We can expect desertion from their ranks as they lose election after election.
Fourth, we were just handed a major issue for the statehouse. With the need for health care exchanges needing to be prepared at each state level, there is a stark question for the voter: Do you want the health care exchange (and any subsequent changes) to be made by representatives that want to make things work for all citizens, or by those bent on destroying the system? For me, the choice is obvious. As a stakeholder in this country, I want someone who will work their butt off to make the entity work to its best.
Finally, I hope that soon I will never see one of those canisters on the convenience store counter with a story of some poor child that has cancer, has no insurance and their family is now destitute due to the medical bills. If that isn’t just about the saddest commentary on America, I don’t know what is.
I can’t understand why, in what is by far the richest country in history, a small segment can choose to deny basic medical care to one-fifth of their own countrymen. I can think of no rational reason for doing so. Just as a couple of generations ago these same folks worked hard to deny citizenship to a segment of the population whose only sin was the color of their skin. The Chief Justice in those days was Earl Warren, a Republican appointee who was expected to stop change, became one of the leaders of change because it was the right and constitutional thing to do. Maybe John Roberts’ conscience has been awakened.
No doubt Republicans will be using this decision to raise yet even more money than the already enormous amount they have on hand. Please remember this is but one instance of where Americans are being freed from the control of others. if you help them out you are helping them take control of your life once more.
One last comment – why do Republicans hate people? What have we done that has made them so mad that they insist that 45 million of their fellow countrymen must live without insurance and the risks associated with that? Do we smell? Are we crazy? Are we so repugnant that we must never have the rights and privileges of full citizens? They want to limit our healthcare, they try to take away our votes, they send our jobs to China and cut the wages of those jobs that stay here, they try to deny food to those among us that are poor. Is their money so precious that they must starve their fellow countrymen? I am so tired of their politics of hate and exclusion. It is like an updated version of the old South gone national.
But I fear the battle will now move to the states where Republican governors – like our own Terry Branstad – will do all they can to deny health coverage to their own citizens. Outrageous!
I want to talk to my democrat friends who are in the fight to help Obama win in 2012. One person, even if he’s the president, can’t really change things in America. But I still believe the work you’re doing is important to do. I also want to talk to my friends in Occupy Wall Street, this involves everyone. We’ve been dealing with a lot of issues lately, particularly the question of whether the 99% spring is a co-opting of the movement, moveon.org, etc. which has pushed people to having that conversation so I think all this is relevant to the movement as well.
Regardless of the fact I no longer consider myself a democrat and that I think it is important to work outside the system, I am still proud of the fact that I was a significant part of Obama’s election in 2008. I was the head organizer of the Indianapolis ACORN office at that time, I found and trained all the initial people and together we built a GOTV operation that in the end employed almost 400 registrars and registered 24,500 new voters in Indianapolis. The last time Indiana went blue was 1967 and it’s only done that three times. So that isn’t something that I’m going to look back on and think; “What a waste of time…” Organizing is what it is and politics is the art of the possible. I do not think it was foolish. I did what I thought was the right thing. I would do it again because at the time, it seemed like the right choice and in fact I still believe it was.
I want you to know, that I hope Barack Obama wins if the alternative is Mitt Romney if for no other reason than the fact that Mitt will appoint terrible supreme court justices. I think I and many other people will prefer Obama’s pick for the highest court in the nation.
I look at the long haul. I’m willing to fight all your fights with you, I always vote for who I think will be best for the country, not just my own personal views.
On the issue of health care, I’m hopeful and grateful for the work that has been done by everyone but I know there is much more to do. I have serious health issues, reforming this system matters to me personally. I’m of the belief that “some disassembly may be required”, but that doesn’t mean I think we can’t save some parts of the world as we know it. We just have to sort through it all together and see what’s important to us.
So please don’t treat me like a dirty hippie pariah for saying that I’m not happy with Obama. I’m not an “herbal tea bagger”, I don’t think he’s evil, I’m just justifiably dismayed and righteously angry at the failure of so many of his campaign promises. The system seems to have absorbed him.
I’m just sick of being marginalized in my own country for having chosen the safer alternative recreational drugs over alcohol .
Obama made a campaign promise he’s not keeping. He promised to leave states alone when it came to medical marijuana . He needs to stop siding with the special interests on the drug war  and start listening to his people . We need to end the racism that the war on drugs has become. It is the modern version of jim crow  as well as a monumental failure of public policy. Not to mention the fact that the last three presidents have all done drugs.
If I could have $10 dollars for every time I lost a job, was driven from an activist group, driven from the leadership council, or denied medical care for my being a “dirty hippie”, I would have enough to take all my close friends out to dinner. I’ve known I lived in a police state since I was 12 years old. I realized then that I would eventually be in prison for my beliefs.
It’s time to stop demonizing weed heads as well as addicts, self medicators and responsible users, and recognize these rights and stop the prohibition and demonization of things that should be regarded as either health care issues or protected rights.
And this isn’t limited to just the democrats, it’s happening within Occupy as well. People are using either our beliefs or politics against us in an effort to “purify” occupy so this isn’t a behavior that is at all uncommon, it is in fact the root of our problem. This bullying behavior and taking advantage of the natural lines of marginalization (society’s scapegoats) almost completely without hesitation instead of democratically reaching an inclusive consensus regarding the issue or issues is just the way we do things in America. We’ve forgotten how to even function as a people within a democratic framework. The same things that happen to any group inevitably happens to occupations. Infighting and factioning over the same old tired lines of societal division. The real argument within Occupy now is reform or revolution. Which naturally, depending upon where you are in the world (economically or geographically), is a very good question. I’ve been saying for some time that the answer is both. We need you inside the system and we need us outside the system. I believe that whatever anyone says about the right / left dichotomy, the truth is that this is a battle between compassion and fear. I’m always going to fall on the side of love and inclusiveness and empowering everyone rather than building an economy based upon hoarding and manufactured scarcity.
Let’s stop pretending that this is all just the silly talk of a burned out, weed head, acid casualty, unless you want to apply that same label to the spate of Latin American and Mexican leaders calling for legalization of drugs. Being thrown under the bus for 35 years, working in social justice for decades, and fighting the real war on poverty all this time, I know the difference between something important, and something we can negotiate away in a compromise. Ending the failed drug war isn’t one of them. Obama’s dismissal of the recent call to begin negotiating the de-escalation of the drug war is a huge failure of statesmanship on his part . Not to mention his refusal to consider pushing to change marijuana from schedule 1 (dangerous drug with no medicinal value) to schedule 2 (having medical uses), a patently false statement. We’ve known for a long time cannabis has many health benefits as well as anti cancer properties. One of the problems politically is that it is inconvenient in that big pharma won’t make much of a profit from legalizing marijuana, farmers will. So they’re against legalization naturally. Obviously the states see it differently, since it is the largest cash crop in California as well as many other states in America.
I’d like to lay to rest the idea that I think the dems and the repubs are the same. They’re not. There is a huge difference between the left / right, brain structures, our ideas, our morality, all of it, very different . But it’s just not enough. So please understand; I’ve just reached the place where I know that voting will never get the job done.
Will I vote for Obama in November? Probably. Because of the SCOTUS thing… we need more than ever to impeach several activist judges and I do believe that Obama will appoint more impartial judges than Mitt would. That’s pretty important. Does this make me not really an occupier? No. I believe that participating only during presidential or state elections is a way to keep things the same. A fine adjustment upon politics, not entirely useless, just not “sweeping” enough. We won’t change the nearly complete capturing of our government and its agencies by corporations by voting. As Emma Goldman said; “If voting changed anything, they’d make that illegal”. Only a real movement can save us now.
Change is the nature of life
Humans have quite simply, sped the world up just a bit. Its rate of change is increasing to the point that our institutions and maybe even our bodies are unable to keep up . Our bureaucracies, suffering from entrenchment and already painfully slow, are now hopelessly mired in obstructionism, greed and corruption. No one single person is to blame and it pretty nearly doesn’t really matter who is president. Our system of government is just not representative enough, responsive enough, distributed enough. We’ve lived mostly authoritarian lives even though we all believe we’ve been free, it really amounts to a facade. We don’t teach democracy in school. And our workplaces do not foster it. Even our college degrees prepare us to work and live in a mostly authoritarian environment. The attempted purification of occupy of it’s radical’s, weedheads, homeless people, etc. was not surprising really, most of us have no actual experience with democracy or decentralization and so the intolerance at the root of American culture naturally dominates us at a level I would call subconscious. The only way to avoid the “purge” as I like to call it is to stay vigilant. We are prone to witch hunts.
The real truth
We’re all to blame for what is happening and no one person can stop and heal the damage to our earth and our communities. In fact, aside from death, stop is about the only thing we seem unable to do. Life goes on as they say.
But we all know the 1% do not want change. You and I and our children need things to change desperately and quickly and we know that voting is not going to save us from this calamity borne ironically of our viral success. The only thing that has a chance to deliver the change we need is a global movement towards democracy that protects the rights of all people everywhere. In the words of the international workers of the world: “An injury to one, is an injury to all”.
In the future, understand that when I criticize Obama for things like his deplorable record on bringing Wall Street to justice for the mortgage fraud and collapse of the world’s economy in 2008, or not closing Guantanamo, or signing the NDAA legislation, I’m not a hater, I love my freedom but no more than anyone elses. I’m just trying to give the president and all our “elected” officials the vocal majority they need to move further towards the center and really change things. Do I think that will be enough? No. Building a movement, Occupy Wall Street, or the American Spring (or whatever we choose to call this movement) is a critical step we need to take in order to move our society back toward our values. Our organizing and protests have already improved the national conversation and turned our country’s political discussion towards what really matters and this has already helped Obama and will likely continue to do so. And while I think good rhetoric is important, our problem is that it seems that Democrats pay the lip service but have no spine and don’t fight for the policies needed to implement our shared values. But most of us think that the system is hopelessly broken and only a structure built outside the system can ever have any hope of influencing it. Can you see how many decentralized groups working for change will only help?
The current system of wealth extraction the 1% like to call capitalism is fatally flawed without the concept of debt forgiveness. We need a modern equivalent of the biblical jubilee which was specifically designed to prevent the concentration of lands and wealth into a few hands. Even slaves were freed after 7 years. Any president that tries to change this will either not succeed, be absorbed, or be killed trying to do the right thing. Thus the need for a leaderless, decentralized movement . Thus the need for all of us to pitch in. No single person has ever made the difference, the system needs to change and I still believe a better world really is possible. To achieve fundamental change it has always taken many of us working together for a long time to move things in the right direction . But there is no doubt in my mind, we can take our lives back from corporate control and guarantee at least the possibility of freedom and prosperity for our children in the future if we work together. It just seems to many of us like there is nothing to do but build alternative ways forward that work. Locally. Outside the “system”. You should help us do that when you’re done working on the election of 2012. It will help all of us recapture the community that we lost quite a while ago.
When November has come and gone and we know who Wall Street voted for and Obama has the bully pulpit for another four years, the work to save our world will remain there for us to do. While you’re doing that, I and many others will be building power at the grassroots in our communities working to take this fight past november. I hope to see you there working with us for the rights that we all know that we have, not by legal decree, but by the fact we are alive. After November the roots of our problem will remain greed, corruption and inequity. No justice? No peace.
Obama can’t do anything without active, vocal, citizens pushing him in the right direction. So let us heal the rift in the left that the war on drugs really is, and join the middle and the moderates on the right in civil debate. Don’t let the vitriol of the far right invade our conversations too. Let’s stop marginalizing people throwing the weed issue and every other important issue under the bus and what ever you do, don’t stop working for a better world in November.
Supporting documents and opinions:
 – Obama’s War on Pot
 – ExileNation.org
 – Jubilee (biblical)
If Walker is defeated, he may still have a warm bed.
Besides potentially being recalled, Scott Walker and his campaign and administration has quietly been the focus of a wide-ranging “John Doe” investigation. Seems there has been shenanigans galore under Walker, the county commissioner and Walker, the governor.
Just Thursday three Walker aides were charged with various crimes, including child enticement.
Friday’s update is that Walker was the one who gave the approval for veteran’s funds to be managed by one of his cronies
Bye, bye Bachmann
I, for one, am so glad the circus has pulled up stakes and left Iowa. I am so tired of hearing the lies about Obama being raised in speeches without challenge. And I am so sick and tired of hearing that Michele Bachmann was born in Iowa.
Iowa has given the world more than its share of heroes in many walks of life. The likes of Norman Bourlog, Glenn Miller, Meredith Wilson, James Van Allen, Henry Wallace, John Lewis and even a pre-presidential Herbert Hoover. These were people who stood for something much greater than hate and ignorance.
So now that your flight of fantasy is over, Ms. Bachmann, we would appreciate it if you would no longer mention that you were born in Iowa. We have a reputation to maintain.
God told me He wanted me to run for President
Well, in all the lead up to Iowa Caucuses, no less than three candidates that I can recall (all Republican, BTW) claimed that God had told them that He wanted that person to run for President. Bachmann, Perry and Santorum each claimed at some point that God had told them to run.
But I think since telling these people to run, God has become much more concerned with Tim Tebow’s inability to throw a forward pass and has thus let His campaign management slide drastically.
Let us hope that none of the candidates become bitter and sue God for breaking His promises.
Thank You, Barack Obama!!!
For standing up to the bullies in the House and Senate, calling their bluff and appointing not just Richard Cordray at CFPB, but three new members at the NLRB. Now maybe some of the grievances that have been blocked at the NLRB can be heard and resolved.
This is a great example of how Republicans have brought government to a halt using parliamentary tricks. Republicans do not want to govern. They just don’t want Democrats to govern. So in that vein, Republicans have turned government into a 365 day a year campaign, thereby halting most governing. Government is one of the most important functions in the US and when government doesn’t function our credit and credibility will die.
How will they campaign against Health Care?
While Romney, Newt and the boys are trying to make their bones on ending “ObamaCare” they have said not one word about how the would replace it. One can only assume that ending “ObamaCare” would result in a return to the situation that made health care the number one issue until Bushco crashed the economy in 2008.
I can’t wait for the Republican presidential and congressional candidates to stand on that stump and say proudly:
“I want to return America to a time when only people with jobs could have health insurance. A time when the insurance companies took one-third straight off the top for expenses. A time when some corporate bureaucrat decided whether or not your child should be treated, or they would cover your cancer, or they would dig deep,deep, deep to find any excuse not to cover your treatment. This was a time when health insurance worked for the insurance companies and we want to bring those good times back”
Don’t forget, Republicans want to end Medicare
For nigh on 50 years the Republican Party has had Medicare in its sights. Now they feel they can finally kill it if they can just get enough votes. So if you decide to vote Republican, remember you are not just voting for the lies they propound but for the unmentioned mission of killing Medicare and Medicaid. Also Social Security will be in that mix.
If you are a family values person, this may be just what you want, because Grandma and Grandpa will probably be living with you. And most likely, they will die in your home, since going to a hospital is way too expensive.
What happens if you sign the pledge?
Well over in Indiana poor old Mitch Daniels is having trouble keeping up with the other crazy Republican governors. Sure, he’s sold highways and buildings but he hasn’t gutted the unions yet or closed off the capitol. So he needs something to bring him up a notch in the crazy ranks.
And just in the nick of time here come State Sen. Vaneta Becker proposing legislation that will fine anyone caught not singing the national anthem correctly. Based on my lifetime of observation, that is everyone who attempts to sing it.
The $25 fine for each offense should make Indiana coffers swell and they can probably lower property taxes.
Next: keep an eye on that Pledge of Alegiance, especially for those who can’t speak and must sign or for those atheists who refuse to say “under God.”
“Hawkeye Vision 2012: Caucusing for Working Families“
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Please join us for a political roundtable featuring key Democratic leaders who will offer the progressive viewpoint on the important issues facing working families and the role those issues will play in the 2012 elections.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 (Caucus Day!) at 10 a.m.
Iowa State Historical Building
600 East Locust
Des Moines, Iowa
Many voters are interested in participating in issue discussions that do not revolve around the ambitions of individual candidates. This expert roundtable will focus on jobs, health care, education, and other pressing issues facing our nation’s working families. Speakers will address how the 99% of Americans can win economic security and social justice in 2012 and beyond.
◦ State Senator Joe Bolkcom (D-IA), Chair of the Progressive States Network
◦ U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), Co-chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus
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◦ Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor
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