I apologize. There is no poetry in me, today. No Haiku. I am utterly and totally flummoxed.
I know, I know. I have said that I don't do politics here - and I don't. Normally. But I heard something spoken on XM Radio yesterday morning that has me wondering what planet the Right Wing Conservatives fighting the Healthcare Reforms so vigorously, are from.
What follows, below, is an excerpt from the transcript of an interview on "The Takeaway", a program on XM's Public Radio Channel, 133. It's on every weekday morning and I sometimes listen to it on the way to work - especially when the Old Time Radio program currently being re-broadcast on channel 164 doesn't interest me. The whole transcript is available at www.thetakeaway.org. If you're interested.
Anyway, I'm cutting right to the chase here and taking you right to the part that REALLY piqued my interest and got me wondering. Pay EXTRA special attention to the last sentence of Congressman Burgess' response to Celeste Headlee's question in the first paragraph. And then read on. Pay attention, again, to the first sentence of the last response of his, quoted here. Tell me if this guy hasn't learned how to talk in circles. You guys read - I'll catch up with you on the other end of this.
CELESTE HEADLEE, for The Takeaway: Congressman Burgess, I’m just wondering. You know, we’re talking a lot about keeping costs down and giving people a place to shop and marketplaces for insurance but how are we going to cover the uninsured and those who don’t have the funds and the means to go shop for insurance.
CONGRESSMAN BURGESS: There are any number of things that could be done right now without turning the entire system on its head. Fixing the problem with people who want insurance and yet find that they are priced out of the market because of a medical diagnosis they already have. Keeping people from losing insurance which they have paid into over time and then their insurance company drops them when they get a tough medical diagnosis. We could fix those problems right away. There are always going to be people in the country who resist the purchase of insurance.
HEADLEE: Resist? What about the unemployed?
CONGRESSMAN BURGESS: We can make the conditions more favorable by allowing policies to be sold that are within the economic reach of more individuals and for people who are unemployed or who cannot afford insurance policy. There are things we can do to stop punishing people in the tax code and make tax credits available to people for the purpose of insured.
HOCKENBERRY: But Congressman, how do you do that without a subsidy or without actually just offering the insurance though the government?
CONGRESSMAN BURGESS: Well offering the insurance through the government is no solution because, let’s be honest, if that were the solution, it would have fixed the problem. We’ve already got 50 percent of health care expenditures right now coming through the government and no one would pretend that there aren’t problems with the public sector today. In fact, that is the problem (unclear word) the rest of the system alive right now. And the problems of the administrative pricing that are brought to us by having a heavy hand of the Federal government involved. These are things that again, was within the purview of the federal government to fix because we caused the problems in the first place.
Okay. Enough. Like I said, I don't normally do politics here - and even now I'm going to keep my specific views to myself. But I will say this. BOTH sides of this argument need to get off the "I'm right and you're not" attitudes and start working for the good of the people. And maybe that needs to be modified - the good of ALL the people. Not just the rich. Not the Bankers. Not the Insurance Executives and not their Shareholders. The PEOPLE. All of us out here who vote and voted for them.
Those of us who have jobs and have lost jobs.
Those of us who have families.
Those of us who have homes.
Those of us who live under overpasses.
Those of us who have no one.
Those of us who aren't stable.
ALL of us.