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Health Care Conversation, Twitter and Morning Joe

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Relying on a story from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, Joe Scarborough called Obama the most polarizing President of our times on Twitter Friday. Because I have an empty life, most of which is frittered away on Twitter (I’m being sarcastic) I followed the conversation over the weekend, and it certainly depressed me.

People on Twitter who are on the “left” called Scarborough a racist, and accused him of supporting such activities as waterboarding and of ‘inciting rage.” He answered many of them back, citing facts and information, trying to call for fairness. He didn’t get down to the fighting words, either. He tried to have a “conversation.”

I am not a Republican, nor am I a conservative. My business buddies in Arizona have often accused me of socialist leanings when I talk about the universal right of Americans to health care.

But I listen to “Morning Joe” as often as I can wake myself at 3AM, which is when it airs in Arizona and California, and as much as I don’t always agree with Joe, I find he’s at least open to Obama’s presidency and willing to praise Obama for what he does well. And if you read the article from the Pew Center, it does lead off with how much gap there is in Obama’s approval ratings between Republicans and Democrats — 61%. Many Republicans I know think Obama is making us into Europe and going to take away our right to defend ourselves and hand the country over to Hugo Chavez in exchange for a book.

As Joe is finding out, it’s getting harder and harder, even in the world of Facebook, Twitter, and Friendfeed, with all the tools available to us, for people who disagree to have a “conversation.” Is there no place for independent thought? Respectful arguments?

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There are some simple facts about single payer.

1. In most industrialized countries, it is illegal to make a profit on health care. We are 37th on the World Health Organizations list from 2000, in rankings on healthcare. I'm sure we are in a worse position now. Yes, we're better off than Uzbekistan, Mozambique and Somalia, but seriously...

2. Everyone will pay something just like we pay for your medicare, others' medicaid, veterans' and civil servants' and teachers' benefits, with our tax dollars. Right now 60% of health care dollars are paid by the government. And a lot of that money goes to profit, CEO bonuses etc. Remember the outrage over $175 MILLION for AIG bonuses? I was amazed. People don't realize that it's billions in unjust compensation for the health insurance companies. This has to end. The government will not run your health care, they will just run the health insurance companies out of business.

3. Think about what happened when Enron helped write energy policy. That's what is happening right now. HIPA is in bed with some members of Congress writing this so-called health care reform, and those who are going to vote against any public option, much less single payer. And they are not about to write themselves out of billions of dollars.

To me it's simple, do the math. Then look at who benefits. Then look at who loses. All the moral imperatives suggest that we fix this now. Do no harm. Heal the sick. In sickness and in health. The good Samaritan. Where are the Christians when you need them?

April 21, 2009 - 7:31am
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