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    In other words: "It's About Health Care, Stupid" (not referring to Rep. Miller).

    Extolling the glory of the factory floor doesn't go as far as it used to. The best way to improve the lot of blue collar workers is to find a way for families to afford medical care and prescription drugs. That seems to be the biggest impediment right now toward gaining career flexibility, since people are afraid to lose whatever coverage they have, at a time when benefits are shrinking every year. Therefore dead-end jobs with poor or non-existent benefits packages are becoming the norm.

    Solve the problem of the uninsured, and the problem of the strain of immigration on the health system, and average Joes and Janes would have a lot more energy to fight for their rights as working Americans. The pride of the blue collar worker in the old days didn't so much stem from some noble picture of sweating while applying rivets. It stemmed from the pride of being a provider, who's earnings were sufficient to maintain a decent quality of life for a family. That's what's been stripped away over time from the working class, and we need to find ways to make their dollars retain more of their value. Stop the hemorraghing and let's get our money back from the Insurance cabals, I say. It'd be a start.

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