Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Government Run"

With an unbelievable amount of work and lobbying and much fanfare, President Obama signed a health care reform bill of enormous magnitude. One of Ted Kennedy’s sons went to his grave at Arlington and left a note there, “The unfinished business is done.”

There are good things about this health care reform, starting with the fact that every citizen will have health care. Perhaps I am overly optimistic, but I agree with those who think it is a step in the right direction. At the same time, only a fool could overlook the fact that drug companies made no concessions in this bill and will continue to make many trips to the bank in the years to come. And that even after over 100 changes that Republicans wanted to see in this bill were put in, not one Republican voted for it. And the racial slurs and gay bashing that greeted some Congresspeople was sickening and depressing.

The simple fact is that health care reform remains a need to which there is only one solution: universal health care. I want to share with readers a YouTube video made by Joshua Busch at Community Coalition in Los Angeles. I think Josh has captured in a hilarious and incisive form, the ridiculousness of the debate about “government run" health care.

We have all got to be clearer with friends, family and strangers on trains that the phrase “government run” is a description of many things we take for granted and that we value.

After you watch this video, please go out onto the nearest socialist sidewalk and strike up a conversation with someone about “government run.” Do this at least five times a day for the next four years.

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