Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Roanoke Times on Healthcare Reform

In this part of the state, The Roanoke Times is by far the best traditional news outlet. They get hammered from conservatives and the business lobby on a continuous basis. They call it like they see it. Dan Radmacher is also one of the best Editorial Page Editors in the state of Virginia. My apologies for the love fest, but they are a rare breed out in this part of the state.

The Roanoke Times has an excellent Editorial in today's edition on Healthcare Reform. This is something that has frustrated me for a long time with progressives, liberals, Democrats. GROW A FREEKIN' SPINE. Hit these guys back. We have 47 million people that either don't have access to quality, affordable health insurance or have been denied coverage due to a "pre-existing condition."

Whether you support a single-payer system or a public option, the 800 Lb gorilla in the room is the profit motive behind private health insurance. No matter how many times it is said, NO ONE IS BEING FORCED INTO A GOVERNMENT RUN SYSTEM WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION. But, conservatives and private insurance still keep on beating that drum, demonizing anything that comes from the Federal Government. Like profits over people give citizens a reasonable choice (expensive or very expensive health insurance).

Sorry folks, but the train pulled out of the station on affordable private health insurance a long time ago. There are far too many people that are victims of the profit margins of private health insurance. Private health insurance and keeping cost low through competition in the same sentence is a farce and rings hollow. The latest polls show that over 70% of the people in this country want some form of a public option so they can have an affordable choice. Geeturdun! American can't afford to wait any longer.

1 comment:

  1. Great post - and I can't agree with you more that some spine-growth hormones are in order for our so-called progressive friends! The problem is that while private health insurance has created a lot more wealth than health care, much of this money has also "bled" into the coffers of the same politicians who lack the spine to correct the problem which in turn will hurt their benefactors.

    Keep up the great posts!

    -Matt Harris, Esq.