Voice of the People: The Wrong Way

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By James J. Devine

Congress wrote the Medicare Part D law with the profits of insurance companies and drug manufacturers in mind, not with the interests of people at heart.

The same is true of the watered-down version of President Obama’s health legislation, despite the fact the GOP amendments were insufficient to attract even a single Republican vote.

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The sad truth is that some Democratic politicians are corrupted by comfort and power, but the extremist Tea Brained takeover of the Republican Party leaves just one choice for thinking Americans who understand what hangs in the balance.

What progressive Democrats advocate involve two things; first, cut the insurance industry out of health care and second, expand an improved Medicare system to everyone.

Medicare for all Americans would cost an estimated $47 billion less than we are now spending, even though it would cover millions that have no health coverage at all.  Americans are spending almost twice as much as the other countries that do cover every one of their citizens.

The “Medicare for all” or “single-payer” concept has been endorsed by 39 state AFL-CIO federations, 100 central labor councils, more than 465 local unions, 20 medical organizations, six faith organizations, and over 45 municipalities.

The majority of Americans, 59 percent, say the government should provide national health insurance and only 32 percent believe insurance should be left to private enterprise.

A Republican majority in Congress would strangle progress and starve the improvements made by Obama’s limited reform plan.

There’s a commission is meeting behind closed doors regularly to balance the nation’s budget on the backs of working people looking to the programs that keep us from financial devastation – Social Security and Medicare.

It’s easy to hate Nancy Pelosi but Americans must not give in to emotional manipulation as it is practiced today by the politicians who created the situation in which we struggle to survive.

Voters throughout the nation have an important choice to make on Nov. 2 and if current polling is accurate, they are headed the wrong way.


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