The people disrupting the town hall meetings across the country lately,
would have been relegated to free speech zones during the past administration.
Where are the barbed wire parking lots that people with t shirts voicing a different opinion than the administration were sent to in the past? Is Obama afraid to piss off the people that wouldn't vote for him anyway? Should he stoop to the policies of the past that screened people at town hall meetings and kept away those with voices of distention?
I have talked to many in the Tea Party Patriots camp and none of them could tell me why a single payer health care system wouldn't work. They just seem to have a set of talking points and don't want the government to take over their Medicare. I have news for them, Medicare is a government run program.
These people should be allowed to protest without being behind barbed wire and a block away. I support that. I don't support their disruption of the political process of us deciding what form of health care would keep most of us healthy and working.
I don't want a corporate suit deciding which treatments I am covered for and which would make them more profit if I were denied proper treatment for my medical problem.
If they were forced to compete with a government option, they might make better decisions.
If they were forced to compete with a Single Payer option, they might decide to go into the auto insurance business, or come up with some reasons that we should buy their expanded insurance.
Single payer should not exclude private insurance companies from offering services that the public wants. Those from other countries should always be able to come to the U.S.A. to get the kind of health care that only the rich can afford. That should not change just because the rest of us have some sort of basic coverage.
The only thing that should change would be the likelihood that some poor person with a nasty disease would give it to us because they cannot afford to have it looked at.
Education and money will not inoculate you from disease. We breathe and you breathe what we exhale.