The republican propaganda machine is at it again. First they told us that the Democrats were trying to “shove the health care bill down our throats” when most of the people surveyed were in favor of some kind of national health care reform. Now Missouri, the state where I live, is the first state to try to opt out of participation in the national health care reform. Several other states are going to have elections too to not have the reform.
It’s all for political reasons. The constitution clearly states that federal laws supersede state ones. Take the legalization of marijuana for example. Some states have legalized it for medical use, but the federal law against it still reigns supreme.
Barack Obama is also trying to make the tax cuts for the rich expire at the end of the year. This has all the Republicans up in arms over the extra tax that the rich will have to pay. They deify Ronald Reagan but the taxes on the rich were higher during his administration than it was in many years before he took office. It was Clinton who gave the rich the biggest tax break, far more than Obama is proposing.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch:”Missouri voters have a chance on Aug. 3 to weigh in on the hottest political topic of the year: the new federal health care law narrowly passed by Congress in March. On paper, the vote seeks to change state law so that the federal government can’t require an individual to buy health insurance. In reality, experts say the end result will be mostly symbolic, as the U.S. Constitution gives clear priority to federal laws over state laws.”
So this is the national referendum that will show that the people really don’t want health insurance reform shoved down their throats. Tell that to the 50 million or so uninsured in the United States when they need more than the emergency room can offer.
My uncle was a self-employed mechanic all of his life. He never had health insurance. He died because he couldn’t afford a cardiac bypass. They gave him some pain pills and sent him home to wait for his next heart attack, the one that would be fatal. I was with him when he had it and died. I don’t think that telling him that health insurance was too expensive would have held much weight with him at the time.
The bottom line is that the disparity between rich and poor is getting greater and greater in this country. The middle class of old has virtually been eliminated. In any other country the “peons” would revolt. But in this country we are afraid, so afraid. But the rich are also afraid, afraid of the voting power of the poor and what’s left of the middle class. Just look at the last presidential election and you will see what we could do if we just put our minds to it.