I listened carefully to the exchanges between Obama, Dems, and Republicans on health care reform.

Obama and others made it manifestly clear that the oft repeated “step by step” approach of the Republicans simply would continue the injustices and waste of the current system — which costs twice as much as our nearest democratic rivals which provide health care for all. There are some complexities involved in putting together a coherent health system which provides health care for all and saves us a bundle in waste costs, e.g. phony applications for Medicare coverage, bureaucratic (all those employees sometimes paid to deny us legitimate coverage for which we have paid),  plans too expensive for workers to afford, 70% of bankruptcies caused by health costs people have no way to cover, people dying for absence of coverage.

It was quite an education and demonstrated that the Dems and Obama have thought things through and that the Republicans don’t give a damn for any but the financially well off and the drug and for-profit medical insurance companies that put them in office.

Sadly one only had fragments of important points presented by the TV media if one did not have time to listened throughout which I could do as a retiree.

For the record the Obama plan increases coverage for the elderly (Medicare) — not reduces it (one of the many Republican lies). The exchanges were more or less polite. McCain made a fool of himself by trying to rerun the election on which he was called by Obama.

Let us hope that at long last we can have a fair and affordable system passed by our pols.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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