I spent the whole day watching our president and many congress people discussing health care. A normal person would probably suffer irreparable brain damage from this event, but I am still somewhat numb from the drugs given to me for my foot surgery. So there I sat, hour after hour watching our leaders posturing and carefully creating an image of concern for their constituents. It is hard to pick a winner when each side spouts facts that can not be examined quickly. So, after almost six hours of watching and listening I came away with little more than these two facts;
The Republicans want health care to remain private and we as a country can not afford to provide healthcare to all our citizens. They also believe we have the best health care system in the world.
The Democrats told stories about how individuals suffer from the ineptness of our health system. They also stated that people with money and the very poor have decent health care. Finally, with certain financial maneuvering we could pay for health care for everyone..
The night before I listened to Rachel Maddow and she summed it up this way. Insurance companies are doing what they should be doing, making money. They are private companies with stock holders and profit margins just like any company. Now, the question is, do you want someone whose primary concern is to make money in charge of your health? This is why every other developed nation either controls their insurance companies or has nationalized them. What we have is a conflict of interest. As long as this situation exist there can be little real change in our healthcare and we are destined to paying more and more of our hard-earned money staying healthy.