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Why is the head of AARP a devout liberal and a donator of $50,000 to the Pres. campaign the head of this organization. This supposedly is a non-political senior citizen group but it seems that it is mostly a liberal organization. It's like a "what can we take from someone and give to someone else" group. Makes me think I've joined the wrong group. Health care - ythe President says "see what my policies will be by the people I surround myself with" - gee are there communists and people who have spouted about euthanasia. Seems also the Pres wants this bill, which they don't have one of yet but only multiple many paged ideas, wanted a bill "yesterday" and now will settle for this fall. How good is TARP or the stimulus package that had to be passed "very soon" or we would all be in deep doo doo. What is wrong with taking time to write a bill that most people can understand and that the members of congress have read?
I know so many people who are stuck in jobs they hate because they cannot afford to leave and risk not having health care insurance. My husband and I were self-employed and paying $2,000 per month for health insurance - and that covered 80% of our prescriptions. (Our total monthly bill was closer to $2,300.) I took a very grueling job in order to get benefits, and I live every day in fear that I might lose that job and those benefits. Every American regardless of income level is just one step away from financial calamity because of the precariousness of our health care system. Imagine the number of people who would start new businesses if they did not need to worry about health care!
Every country in the civilized world has found a way to cover all of their citizens except us. To me, this is quite simply a moral issue. We MUST reform our health care system and provide access to coverage for everyone - no penalty for pre-existing conditions, no rescission of insurance when one gets sick, etc. We also need to reform the malpractice lawsuit situation and get doctors out from under the threat of frivolous lawsuits and outrageous premiums. And we need to transform the paperwork situation.
What gets me totally berserk is the complete lack of civility among many of the people attending these congressional town hall meetings. Good grief, can't we just be respectful of one another? Can't we listen to one another? Who amongst us doesn't believe that the best result will come from compromise and that begins with respect and civility. No one will compromise if the two sides continue to just scream at one another.