Today’s mail brought a letter from Chet Edwards, Democratic Representative from Texas. In it, he thanks me for voicing my concerns about health care, and assures me that he will vote against anything that “socializes medicine,” like a “Canadian style” single-payer system.
I sent Mr. Edwards an e-mail. I copied some of the health care reform articles I’ve published and gave him links to the discussions to be found with the articles. I noted that he really should not be as helpful to campaign contributors as he is to constituents. His campaign finances show that he receives hefty doses of money from “health care professionals.” The trouble is that he does not receive hefty doses of money from people like me.
So what finally made Obama toss the nicotine sticks? His daughters, of course! He wanted to be able to tell Malia and Sasha Obama that their papa was sans cigarettes.
As a political advisor, and writer, I find myself scouring the Internet on a regular basis for articles and information that I deal with current political issues. From time to time, I will find one that will cause me to slap my head with frustration. Usually, these articles tend to have a title like, “President Bush is a Lizard Man in Disguise.” In this case, this article, which is meant to guide immigrants to this country, gives a horribly misleading picture of what has happened.
So enough with the doom and gloom, is there a solution? The simple answer is the solutions are numerous and most involve sacrifice. Solutions like earning more on your investment assets, forgoing emergency room visits except in real emergencies, better diet, more exercise, higher taxes, substantially lower benefits, and so on, and so on.
So any system we design, there are going to have to be some choices that have to be made in terms of where you go to see your doctor, what’s going on, et cetera. That’s being done currently in the private marketplace.
Thanks, Mr. Edwards. Once again, my man in Washington has told me that he will do his best to make sure I don’t get whatever it is that I asked him for. This is distressing, but not nearly as distressing as i would like it to be for him. It seems that if the loudmouths want to scare the representatives in public, the constituents ought to scare the hell out of them in private.