'Un-American' attacks can't derail health care debateIt's okay to laugh. I'll wait ...
By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, writing in USA TODAY
Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.
The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.
Reform will mean stability and peace of mind for the middle class. Never again will medical bills drive Americans into bankruptcy; never again will Americans be in danger of losing coverage if they lose their jobs or if they become sick; never again will insurance companies be allowed to deny patients coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans.
Reform will also mean higher-quality care by promoting preventive care so health problems can be addressed before they become crises.
Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal. [link]
Then let your laughter turn to anger.
Health care reform, as proposed by these two crooks, will do none of this. The experts - including Pelosi's own Congressional Budget Office - agree.
· Stability and peace of mind? When taxes skyrocket to pay for this "reform"? When patients can't find a doctor because nobody in his right mind would want to go into medicine as a career, what with the United States government controlling their paychecks and their every interaction with people in their care? Stability and peace of mind when the government sees the elderly as a burden to the system and an easy means of cost control? Peace of mind? When a person knows she's going to have to wait months to see an ob/gyn?
· More patient choice? When every employer in America dumps his health care coverage of employees, forcing everyone to go on the government-issued plan, what choice will there be?
· Affordable coverage? This the government can do. But only through the rationing of care. So you get a reasonable price on your appendectomy. But if you have to wait six months to get it, just how affordable was it?
· Higher quality care through preventive care? Isn't that the snake oil that Ted Kennedy sold us a few decades ago when he was pushing HMO's as the really swell alternative to regular Blue Cross/Blue Shield? What do Pelosi and this Hoyer character think of HMO's?
There is one thing these two slimeballs got right. Americans strongly support health care reform. While the tens of millions of people out there (including illegal aliens) who produce nothing want the government to provide cradle-to-grave protection (along with food, shelter, clothing, televisions, transportation ...), many of us, those who pay for this country and keep it running (and who stand up at town hall meetings shouting ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) want the government out of our health care.
Also in this op/ed piece you'll find Nancy Pelosi declaring the Americans who are raising hell at those town hall meetings to be "un-American." I've got news for her: Those who are fighting her effort to destroy this country are AMERICANS in the truest sense of the word. They are not going to idly sit by and watch her ruin the country they love. The country that our ancestors fought and died to create, protect, and preserve. The country that refused to allow her kind of government control to leave Europe and enter our shores.
Health care reform? We demand government reform. Starting with those at the top - Pelosi and her ilk - and working down.