A MATTER OF TRUST
E.J. Montini (AZ Rep. 8/13/09) seems to insinuate that those with health care insurance are simply being selfish in resisting the Obama health care vision. His astonishing statement "If the prospect of a government-run health-care plan is so awful, why did members of congress create one for themselves?" is so stupid as to invite suspicion of his mental health. If the rest of us could design our own health-care plan and get someone else to pay for it we would also be satisfied. Interestingly, Congress has chosen not to be included in any health-care bill being considered.
E.J. also plays fast and loose with the numbers (official Obama figures use 46 million uninsured - not 50 million) which he, as well as the administration, is well aware is misleading. If you remove the millions who are uninsured because they are between jobs (20 million Americans change jobs every year), up to 14 million who are eligible for Medicare/Medicaid, SCHIP, Veterans benefits, etc. but have not enrolled for various reasons, more than 9 million making over $75,000 but choose not to purchase, and those illegal aliens who simply have no right to expect us to pay their way - then you have about 15 million chronically uninsured left to worry about.
We aren't selfish. We simply believe that there are ways to cover that 5 percent of the population short of destroying a system with which the vast majority of Americans are satisfied. Instead of striking out at those angry voters at the various "town hall meetings", calling them names and questioning their patriotism, the administration would do well to listen to them. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill had it explained to her rather bluntly. "I don't understand.." she said and the crowd answered "WE DON'T TRUST YOU!"
And that is the crux of the problem. America no longer trusts either party to understand that they work for us and we are tired of being ignored. They cheat us, they lie to us, all while feathering their own nest with special interest money. And when we protest they call us nazi, racist, mobster, traitor and political terrorist. Not long ago a loud voice proclaimed "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and if you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say 'We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION." These were not the words of an "angry old white guy" at a town hall meeting. They were spoken by Hillary Clinton, April 28, 2003. I wonder if she is still of that opinion.