If some members of Congress have informally announced that they will not vote for a government-operated health care program for the reason that “it wouldn’t pass, anyway,” haven’t they really let some kind of a cat out of the bag, sort of accidentally maybe? Can’t we suspect some inclination to avoid responsibility for seeking and demanding a best solution?
National health care reform has many enemies who are well-invested in the status quo. Contributions by corporate interests to candidates seeking election or re-election are investments.
A recent TV ad showed several worried-looking people of about my own vintage. It was titled something like, “don’t take our Medicare away.” Well, what if Medicare could be raised high up in scope and national kindness and human dignity? What if it could become a comprehensive program to protect us all (and not just 96 percent!) from sickening anxieties and the resultant deterioration of family morale due to unmanageable health care costs?
Bob Sand, Killdeer
P.S. On this subject, don’t miss seeing Michael Moore’s entertaining and courageous film, “Sicko.”