Tuesday, September 08, 2009

We Can’t Afford to Wait

OK, the fat is in the fire. Congress is back in session and the first thing on everyone’s mind is healthcare reform. How much reform can Democrats get passed? How much in light of the fact, the absolute fact, that Republicans will do everything in their power to kill healthcare reform in any form it takes.

Because the aim is not to pass reform, the aim is to politically wound Barack Obama so we can have a replay of the midterm elections of 1994. Americans, a majority of whom favor a public option, are going to be hopping mad if healthcare reform doesn’t pass. They voted for it in 2008 when they swept a supermajority into the House, nearly so into the Senate, and voted in a Democratic administration. If they don’t get it, ironically, the idea, according to Republicans, is that they will punish Democrats by voting for the party that brought about healthcare reform failure.

That’s the logic operating these days.

MoveOn has been among the groups out there with the money and the muscle to get healthcare reform back on track after the massive Republican derail attempt in the event that has become known as the “Town Halls of August.” They have bankrolled a new battle cry and the Georgia-based rock group, R.E.M., has been tagged to deliver their powerful message.

We also get to meet some people who have been shafted by the health care industry, or the playing field that they have laid out.

Here it is, on You Tube, and here is the link to send to your friends.

To those of you who are contemplating the recently proposed “Public Option Trigger” where a Public Option will be made available if the private health insurance companies fail to effect the reforms mandated in a hypothetical reform bill, to these I only have this to say: the trigger has already been pulled.

Public Option Now.

Because there are people out there, thousands of people, who simply cannot afford to wait.


Delezzia said...

Great post. I am passing this along to all my friends and family. Praying for the president to come out strong tomorrow!

whitecollargreenspaceguy said...

Now on youtube:
"A Citizen's Response to President Barack Obama's Health Care Speech"


The government already has the funds to pay for universal health care and to reduce our carbon footprint. Stay tuned for an earth-shaking paradigm shift that could save jobs, universal health care, and the environment. The Information Age finally talks to its older brother, the Industrial Revolution. Interchangeable parts in a virtual world.

For a full transcript visit

The 50 million individuals with no health insurance are not just Americans; they are our relatives, neighbors, and friends. Just as the majority of us have no idea what it is like to live with a deadly disease or injury, we also cannot imagine what our lives would be like if we had to face such suffering and pain with no health insurance. We must stop using our mouths to fight and argue over which souls will be covered; we must put our hearts and minds together and find the funds to pay for their care. That would be the American way.

Mr. President,

In a recent radio address you stated that the only way for us to dig our way out of the rut we are in is through innovation. I wish for you and Congress to consider the following policy change. Anyone that has questions or comments or thinks that this will not work, can leave me a comment at www.whitecollargreenspace.blogspot or send me an email at whitecollargreenspaceguy@hotmail.com

The Federal government leases or owns close to ½ billion square feet of office space. Most white collar workers work an eight hour shift each day even though most buildings are open for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm. Overall these expensive facilities sit unused 60 to 70% of the time. By keeping buildings open an additional 4 or 5 hours each day, we could schedule 2 shifts of white collar workers, thus increasing our efficiency by 100% and reducing our carbon footprint by 50%. We could cut the cost of overhead for each employee by 40 to 50%, half as much infrastructure, half as much office space, half as many computers and supplies. With the overhead for each of our 2 million Federal workers approaching $50,000 per year, the potential savings could be $25 to $50 billion per year. By extending this new paradigm to independent contractors and state offices where the Federal government pays the state a percentage of the cost, the savings could be between $50 and $100 billon per year. This could be used as the seed money to help pay the cost of covering the currently uninsured...