I have written a fair amount in the last month yet not posted. My apologies and perhaps some of what I’ve considered will yet appear – or appear in new essay. American HC reform has blasted its way to the top of my present list. Here is a post in response to the House passing reform legislation.
See below for excerpt in italics from http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HealthCare/health-care-bill-house-passes-sweeping-reform-legislation/story?id=10162080.
Bold is mine, and is why I continue to be deeply anxious about claims our HC reforms are a “success”.
I have heard retrospective reviews on BBC of South African apartheid challenges as they developed around international athletic situations. Sentiments of those wanting to cling to apartheid are not that different from sentiments of those wanting “deniable by condition or cost” continuation of health care status quo in the US.
It is right and all too accurate to compare health care reform “fighting” to other US civil rights issues, going right back to women gaining the vote and moving forward across other powerful civil rights issues we have faced.
” … … House Democrats, distrustful of their Senate counterparts, wanted iron-clad assurances that the Senate would pass the bill with the “fixes” the House Democrats had proposed, before they themselves voted on it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivered that assurance to House Democrats on Saturday, telling them that 51 senators had signed a letter promising to make “fixes” to the Senate bill that House members want. The names of those senators were not revealed to the press.
After the House vote, Reid released a statement promising to complete the work on “this historic effort.”
“As the Senate prepares to complete our work on this historic effort, Senate Democrats reaffirm our commitment to reform because we know it’s good for middle-class families, seniors and small businesses in Nevada and all across America,” Reid said.
But Republicans are vowing to get the “fixes” thrown out by using a Senate procedural motion. Today, Senate Republicans said Democrats would not meet with them and the parliamentarian, a charge that Democratic staffers called “absurd.”
The Senate is expected to take up the bill as soon as Tuesday, which will set in motion a week or longer of floor battles on parliamentary procedures.
If Republicans can get the parliamentarian to agree with them even once, whatever ultimately passes the Senate will have to go back to the House, much to the chagrin of Democratic lawmakers.
Democrats in the House quietly admit that it is very likely they will have to vote again on the reconciliation fixes at some point down the road. …”
This morning I had thoughts of making a plea to the rest of the world to boycott goods made in the US until Americans wake up to caring about themselves in toto, along the lines of the South African wine boycott which many ordinary citizens from around the world upheld.
Then I realized how stunning such a boycott would be to the American experience, to the American self-image – yet also unfortunately deserved.
Our HC reform issues are internationally viewed as “exclusively domestic”. On a scale of brutal atrocities this is OK, yet in hidden rooms many continue to suffer and die. This suffering affects families, communities, businesses and workplaces as we witness suffering, lose by unnecessary death, and lose also through lingering unnecessary debilitations and bankruptcies. By subtle nature, brutality is at work 24/7 in American lives by our HC situation.
Perhaps the world has faith in us. I’m not yet convinced. It is my contention, however, that when we finally have workable universal health care, ordinary Americans and their mover/shaker counterparts will experience a type of joy as they release need to speak cruelly toward those not covered or insufficiently covered.
At least the possibility of such joy will exist, and cannot exist so long as anger and near-to-outright hatred of the vulnerable is felt and expressed.
In addition, passage of eventual universal care access will give Americans some of their “good folks” status back. They can at least in HC know good regard from outside our country is their due.
It can’t be all that pleasant to exercise one’s mean-streak on such a continued basis.
… still holding my breath (not good for ones health either, but hard to trust success just yet!)
As Always, My Very Best To Each! — MaggieAnn