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Republicans Defeat Health Care Reform

Well, it’s official: health care reform is dead.

The Republicans won. So did the insurance companies, the drug companies, and the medical industry. All of them profit from the current system and don’t want it changed just to help a lot of grubby unemployed and minimum-wage people who can’t afford medical insurance for themselves and their families.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says they’ll come back to it later. Much later. In the meantime, Sen. Reid, Sen. McConnell (R-KY) and all their friends will have guaranteed health care. It will be paid for by the taxes of people who can’t get health care or health insurance.

Sen. Reid wants Democratic voters to be sure and turn out in November so that he keeps his majority in the Senate. That’s because of all the important issues on which he hasn’t yet caved in to the Republicans. He wants a chance to cave in on those issues, too.

Vote Democratic in November?

I’ll come back to it later. Maybe in December.

I feel like such an idiot for believing in them.


Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.

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  1. David
    January 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Rinth, just so you understand, we do want health care reform, we do want all those who don’t have health insurance to be able to get real care. We just have a different phylosophy about how to do it, and what it should cost. I think the dems planted a mustard plant expecting to get a seed, when they should have planted a seed, hoping to get a plant. But like I’ve told you, I don’t trust either party, especially at that level of government. Too few principaled people, too much compromise, too much robbing Peter to pay Paul (whatever that really means). This is what I love about the Church-the teachings never change, and we can always fall back on them to show us the right way to live. For example, our diocese has a free walk-in health clinic that anyone needing treatment can use. See? No government intervention necessary, if we would all chip in.

  2. Rinth de Shadley
    January 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, David,

    Sorry, I was venting. I know that there are good people on both sides.

    My complaint is about the Democratic leadership more than about Republicans. If you believe in something, you should stand up for it, not just say “Oh, we will get to that later,” when you know that later will never come.

    I voted the first time in 2008 and was proud to do it. Now I find out that my vote didn’t matter. I collected signatures and worked an information booth. That didn’t matter, either. If you fight for what you believe in and you get beaten, that’s one thing. But if your goal is six inches away and you just quit, that’s shameful.

    The Church has always — well, most of the time 🙂 — been an example of how people should act. That’s one reason we need it.

    • David
      January 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      I totally agree. I got your message loud and clear, and I think you and those like you need to shout it very, very loud. Just like the pope and bishops, senators and representatives are servants of the people, they need to remember that. The last shall be first and the first shall be last. We need politicians with the courage to stand up straight and tell it like it is. The last one I knew that was like that was a certain governor/actor from California. No, not Ahnald. Rahnald…:)

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