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I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT GIVES THE MANAGEMENT THE AUTHORITY TO, SUPPORT OR NOT SUPPORT LEGISTATION PENDING BEFORE CONGRESS, WITH OUT THE VOTE OF THE MEMBERSHIP.
What is overlooked in health care reform discussions is the basic right of Americans to be free under constitutional rights.
I have lived under the Canadian system of health care for many years and have visited many countries where health care is government sponsored. I have never seen a system I disliked. Every occasion I had to use the service resulted in good service. As an American senior, I have had to explain to my foreign friends in the simplest terms what the hang-up is in America over instituting a national health care system. And it boils down to this: America is the only country in the world that promises freedom of the individual. Any legislation that threatens this freedom is in violation of the American constitution and runs counter to the American psyche, notwithstanding there has been a deterioration of this ideal in the last few years. This scares the daylights out of everyone who prizes the traditional ideals of freedom, that many would throw away the foundation of our society for the convenience of "being like every other country".
So be it. But we will have lost the very thing that has made us great in the past.