Monday, January 30, 2006

Election 2006

What will it take for the Democrats to win back seats in the House and Senate? They have tried the war, Republican corruption, and the economy and they failed miserably. This fall the only thing that may work is healthcare and specifically the medicare plan debacle.

Why not take it one step further and put forth a medicare for all plan that would guarantee universal healthcare. In 1945, 75 percent of the country was in favor of universal healthcare and Truman had a plan, but it was torpedoed by southern politicians who feared it might lead to racially integrated hospitals.

In 1994, universal healthcare became an issue again, but strong insurance lobbyists, American Medical Association and a haranguing Rush Limbaugh muddied the water and scared the American public. Now ten years later, it may be time again to push the issue again as medical care costs are skyrocketing several times over inflation. The Indianapolis Star had an article yesterday which detailed a Muncie man's struggle to find a health insurance provider. It is a shame that in the so called "wealthiest nation in the world" that a man like this has to struggle to be able to find quality healthcare. He would not have this problem in any of the western industrialized nations as the United States is the only one of this group which fails to provide universal coverage.

2 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

It would be especially nice if such a service could be provided for less than we are currently spending on the Iraq War. If that is, in fact the case, when the inevitable complaints about expense come up the candidate could say, "First of all, Medicare for all would cost less than the cost of the Iraq War. Second, do not forget that the cost to the individual taxpayer will be less than they currently pay in insurance premiums."

January 30, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yes, it all comes down the idea is framed. The Democrats have supposedly consulted with Berkely linguistics professor George Lakoff on how to frame their arguments better. I haven't really noticed any progress.

January 31, 2006  

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