Saturday, October 17, 2009

Obama on HealthCare 10/17/09

I'm looking at the YouTube counter and a total of 47 people have looked at the President of the United States Weekly address in about 14 hours. Amazing. Equally amazing that the Obama administration, hooked up on fb, twit, et al, doesn't make an easy embed for the address from the Whitehouse web site. It doesn't matter anyway.

The public, America walking the streets wondering what to have for lunch, is totally disengaged. The folks are squeeking by, looking ahead as far as Christmas, maybe, Halloween perhaps. Next Tuesday more likely. What's going on in Washington isn't on the tip of the tongue of anyone in middle America. Nobody is paying attention.

The race to the World Series is more important than healthcare.

The Nascar cup is more important than Iraq or Afghanistan.

Paying the bills is more important than anything unless everyone in the house kept their jobs then this is a buying opportunity - LED TV anyone, they're going cheap, kids. Cash for clunkers may be gone but buy a Chrysler before they disappear, please.

But healthcare is THE issue. And the President wastes time on little else. I want a true public option - a government controlled and run option to BlueCross, say, or Medicare for all, for a price. Anyone should be able to buy in to it, individual or business of a thousand. It should by cheaper by a third, easily.

Yeah. It could happen. It'd save the economy, too, kicking in as much as a trillion dollars in savings once done. Per year. Yeah, really.

There is so much I'm sitting on the sidelines of these days. My church, ELCA chartered, it in the throws of the gay debate and I've decided to do my bit an sit until it's over. I can't get wound up, I've got no emotional battery charge left, I'm empty.

For politice I've got a pulse, but just barely. I do see healthcare as the holy grail it is, but dream it (single payer) as an achievable dream. May it be so.

'cause if not, if something get's passed that forces every American to buy some product from thieves dressed as medical experts ... well, we're fucked.

May it not be so.


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