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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:22 PM

88. Coming from the man who got me into politics:

"George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life, 'Other people, he said, see things and say why? But I dream things that never were and I say, why not?" John F. Kennedy, June 28th, 1963 in his speech to the Irish Government.

My biggest problem is turning our backs on people who are dying without healthcare coverage - thousands per year.

Hillary is basically saying "you go ahead and keep on dying because there's no hope for you! As president, I'm going to bury you. I'm not going to save many of you." Because under Hillary's plan, she's not going to save all of the people who are dying without healthcare. She might save some of them. To me, that's unAmerican.

Bernie's idea is that his election is only one part of the political revolution he seeks. Unlike what we did with Obama, we have to follow through and take the House and Senate. Now, if you want to sit on your hands and say "I give up. That's too hard. Or that's impossible. Can't be done." Fine. If you don't try, then for sure, it can't be done. People are dying, so I have to try.

But if things like single payer are properly sold as :
- something that saves thousands of lives every year
- something that reduces the deficit
- something that helps bring jobs back because it reduces labor costs to business
etc, it has a much better chance. To date, it's been poorly sold ignoring the dying and the bigger picture.

Fighting gerrymandering, Citizen's united, etc. Is part of Bernie's revolution. I don't know how far we'll get while Bernie is in office. But at least we're heading in the right direction. Of course, we can pick up gains for the ACA along the way until the complete goal is achieved.

I thought the United States was supposed to be the greatest country in the world. All the other advanced nations got great, universal or single payer healthcare for their people. I do not buy the notion that the US cannot. But I guess the United States has become second rate because a bunch of it's folks cower in defeat when faced with a tough challenge for the good of so many of it's people who will die without it.

The heck with Hillary. She's going nowhere special. There's no guarantee with Bernie but at least we've got a chance.

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