The battle over the President's health care initiative is gaining momentum. I have previously aligned myself with the forces calling for a drastic reform of the US health care system, and if anything, I think that the bills currently making their way through Congress don't go nearly far enough. However, those who profit from the status quo are clearly mounting a counter-offensive in an effort to kill health care reform yet again.
Last week, a colleague sent me this link, purportedly an official Congressional chart showing the structure of the health care organization after the proposed reform. If you open the link you'll be shocked and amazed at what appears to be a byzantine maze of bureaucracy. Perfect. This is exactly what the powers behind this document want you to think. However if you look carefully, you will see that this is not an unbiased document, it is, in fact, a biased piece of propaganda, a weapon, if you will, in the dirty war for the future of health care in this country.
This document, while apparently stored on a legitimate Congressional server, was prepared by the Republican Staff of the Joint Economic Committee (see lower left hand corner of the document) and was submitted by Kevin Brady , Republican Congressman of Texas who, according to the Washington Post, has voted with his party 94.5% of the time in the current Congress.
Well, some of my colleagues took this document - which is intentionally designed to look confusing and intimidating - to be the actual proposal put before Congress. If the chart is so confusing, goes the rhetoric, how can the actual plan be any better?
Here is my take. I am not versed in the full details of the bills that are now circulating through Congress, but what I do know is that if you resort of misinformation or misdirection to drive your point home, something is truly wrong here. It may very well be that Congressman Brady has some productive points to contribute to the discussion. Hell, he may even have the holy grail of health care which he can deliver to Congress to the sound of grand applause by the American people. If so, let him be constructive. However, from reading the papers and watching the talk shows, it seems to me that Republicans are simply doing their utmost to scuttle the President's health care reform, regardless of the consequences to the American people. Forget about being constructive. Forget about finding a solution to a critical problem effecting all of our lives. All that seems to matter to them is the chance to deliver what they think will be a critical blow to the President's political standing.
I think enough is enough. Health care must be reformed. We all know it. Even those moneyed interests who stand to gain from maintaining the status quo (only they are cynically pushing for their short term financial interest, rather than for the long term betterment of society). If you have valid points to make, make them. Come to the table and argue for the type of change you would like to see, but enough with the scare tactics, misdirection and politics already. We need leadership, not idiocy.
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