REAL Healthcare Reform: Don’t Give Up Hope
It’s been a big week of news on the health care front. Some has been welcome and encouraging (no more anti-trust protection for insurers, maybe) and some quite discouraging (Reid’s deal with the AMA falling through.) Still, I’m not giving up, and I’m holding out hope that, somehow, the Democrats we’ve elected are going to get their act together and not waste this historic opportunity. I’m not convinced, but I still have hope.
One reason I see possibility is that there are still a few un-jaded good guys out there. Like Senator (man, do I love to say that!) Al Franken. I have long been a fan of his, since at least the 80′s (a.k.a “The Al Franken Decade”.) I admire him not just for his wit, but for his passion and smarts. Here’s a little clip to demonstrate:
I’m so glad he’s on our side. If we only had 59 more…
There has been a lot of effort this week to reach out via petitions and calls to Congress to demand a true public option. Polls released this week have shown strong majority support, as well. Hope is not dead, momentum may yet be with us. If you’re involved in the effort, keep it up; if you’re not yet involved, it’s not too late to start. I’ll play you out with this MoveOn ad I rediscovered this week. Enjoy the R.E.M. and remember: we can’t afford to wait any longer.