Once the ball starts rolling it's hard to make it stop. My friend, who always slept with a gun under his pillow, believed he only had to make the suggestion and the hill the ball was rolling down would turn to an 11 percent grade, careening out of control and launching the occupants off to oblivion like a wayward Toyota, and into the abyss, a virtual pit of lies and duplicity. I am sure the Mitch McConnells of the world, and his co patriot (and near twin) Lamar Alexander felt their foot upon the brake of their own wayward Toyota as the lies and budget duplicity they have rolled down the hill, via a ball of virtual crap, plopped useless on their own personal pile of shame. But, unlike the CEO of Toyota, their shame will remain hidden behind a staunch "holier than thou attitude" because they are men without honor and without courage enough to stand before the United States of America and apologize for stringing this mess out for the benefit of a group of greedy insurance companies. Maybe the most comedy came while this group of conspirators sat on their cushy butts and argued about separate insurance pools for different types of health care plans. But President Obama opened this dignified assembly by first talking about the benefits of the federal workers health care plan. He laid out exactly why these men "without honor," and their dependents, can enjoy such luxurious and well managed health care: there are millions on the plan!!! So they argue for separate and unequal pools of insurance while they themselves reap the benefits of a single pool.
The real star of the day was Tom Coburn. He exhibited the strange qualities of a "Man of Honor" and he is, of all things, a republican doctor. He opened the dialogue with a discussion about a patient with acute asthma. He talked about how this was preventable, and he decried the useless and disgusting practice in this country of not supporting preventive care. I almost fainted with disbelief, "Tom Coburn would suggest rewarding people for preventive care!" My son would have full blown asthma by now without weekly allergy shots. He was seen by two doctors who with consensus ordered my child into treatment immediately. The cost for the shots is out of this world. Not only do we have to pay the premiums, we also have to pay every week to have the shot administered. You would think it would be cheap to just give a small boy a shot in each arm once a week. But it costs hundreds of extra dollars every month, and that is just the beginning.
Hopefully, we will soon see the end of this perpetual rolling ball of insurance and greedy doctor slime plop into the lap of our "holier than thou" harlot of republican philosophy. The grand excuse for excluding millions upon millions of regular citizens from equal access to healthcare is based upon the tenets of "responsibility." According to our grand republican "holier than thou" philosophy we are all responsible for our own healthcare, it is simply NOT A RIGHT. However, I will argue anytime that it is extremely difficult to maintain any semblance of responsibility if you are suffering from disease, injury, a virus, or impending death. What if your child is suffering? Are you good to wrangle with insurance companies on the phone endlessly?
Why isn't healthcare a right? You cannot measure a person's intrinsic worth by their ability to pay a healthcare premium.
Many other valid and logical points were addressed during today's healthcare summit. And I usually love republicans and even have considered myself within their camp. However, I am feeling shamed by their duplicity, the pandering to greed, and the self righteous responsibility bull crappie. I want you to know that the most famous republican of all "George W. Bush" used reconciliation to push through the senior prescription plan that is untenable in its current form. So what to do now? It is hard to stop the ball once it gets rolling, and I am pleased to see it picking up speed.