America's with tags Healthcare Reform, Obama on July 23, 2009 by buffalohair
Anticipating clarity and substance I gathered with elders to listen to Barack Obama’s pitch for National Healthcare. Quietly I sat as Obama made his much hyped oratory to the American people when an elderly gentleman said; “When is he going to become president?” The room filled with octogenarians burst into laughter. The dialogue then turned from healthcare to a field of jabs and criticisms about the president and his constant use of double talk and fear to move his agenda. Then another senior citizen said flatly; “He’s just another liar”
Being the youngster in the group I sat quietly as this group of seniors outlined a few key points in this much touted speech. What they said was quite remarkable since this group of people were staunch supporters of Obama, in the beginning. Their main concern was wondering what Obama’s ulterior motivation was for nationalized healthcare in the first place. They found it off point for the president to blame George W. Bush for the economy and were surprised a president would call a police department stupid. Then the issue of rushing this healthcare program came into focus. “What’s the rush to pass this bill when it’s not going to take effect for 5 years? We’ll be dead by then”
The general consensus was that Obama said a whole lot about nothing and talked in circles. They pointed out the fact Obama has been campaigning ever since he took office and appointed people that we did not elect to do his job. They listed volumes of broken promises, false hope and miles of campaign rhetoric that the media and the general public have forgotten. The issue of healthcare was overshadowed by Obama’s love of the limelight and the notion he was only a mouth piece for the corporations that financed the election.
A veteran from WWII was not amused by Obama one bit and noted that he lost many friends fighting for democracy in the war. He was not happy that Obama was ignoring the Constitution like George W. Bush did and wished he never voted or campaigned for him. What I got from these elderly American’s about Obama’s speech was not opinions about healthcare but his presidency as a whole. They feel duped and hornswaggled, in their words.
As for myself I am on the fence on the issue since I’ve seen insurance companies disallow services causing death to patients. I was forced to walk around for months with a broken neck and back before I was allowed care and I was paying a premium price for my healthcare insurance. My sister died waiting for care and my mom lost her right eye from bogus healthcare. If it were not for the Teamsters Union I would be paralyzed or dead by now. And since I lived in Canada I witnessed first hand doctors making house calls with medication in hand after only one phone call to make a request for care.
It is my personal opinion that healthcare, education and the department of corrections should never have been placed in the public sector for profit in the first place. This was the real reason why healthcare costs skyrocketed as well as the cost of education. Privatized prisons only gave way to lobbyists who demanded long prison terms for relatively minor offences. In turn this caused a boom in prison populations to house American’s for nothing more than smoking a joint. Now that California and other states can no longer foot the bill they are releasing these needlessly jailed prisoners. In the richest country in the world you’d think we the people had a few entitlements such as quality of life and education anyway. But it was the greed factor that has become the axiom that prevails in government. Donald Rumsfeld designed the prescription drug scam that raised the costs of healthcare even further.
This healthcare debacle has only opened a can of worms I do believe because other issues are coming under the microscope. It’s all about the money and it makes me wonder who is actually going to profit from this healthcare proposal and what is the ulterior motive? After all, the government has done little for America’s loosing their homes and jobs while lining the pockets of corporations and lucrative special interests. Obama pandered for the first bail-out while still a senator using fear and the need for expediency to rush the cash into the hands of criminals. Frankly, I found his speech hopelessly lacking in content, substance and now I wonder what the real agenda is. Maybe he should have used his teleprompter or got a new writer.
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America's with tags Bill Clinton, Corporatism, Democracy, First Amendment, Hillary Clinton, Obama on August 4, 2009 by buffalohair