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I just returned, not half an hour ago, from La Hacienda, our local Mexican restaurant, in the little town of Holdrege, in south-central Nebraska. I noticed a sign on the window at the entrance that just brought the whole issue of the need for the public option, single payer, health coverage in this country of ours.

I don't know these people, nor the specifics of their plight, but I can imagine that hundreds, if not thousands, of similar signs are being hung from one side of America to the other. How many families must be destroyed by the crushing debt incurred by those guilty of nothing other than the misfortune to fall ill, and not have the resources to afford the profit driven healthcare available in this country - the "best healthcare in the world," according to some.

It does little good to have it if you can't afford it.


Earlier today, I was in the local McDonalds and ran into a fellow that is known throughout our community as a very staunch supporter of our troops. He made a comment about how terrible it is that, while we have kids dying in the wars overseas, there are those that want to waste our money on "healthcare." He knows that I am a veteran, he knows that I served longer than he did, so there was no doubting where I stand on the issue of supporting our troops, But, I don't think he was prepared for the lecture he got from me.

I told him about the Harvard report that states 45,000 Americans each year die due to the lack of sufficient healthcare coverage. I pointed out that it is the equivalent of fifteen 9-11 attacks each and every year. I said that if the purpose of having our troops overseas is to protect American lives, then what about the 45,000 Americans that were left unprotected right here in our country?

I think he went home with something to ponder. That, or he went home to mutter about that damned Communist Osborn guy that he ran into in McDonalds.

Originally posted to NebraskaLefty on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:45 PM PDT.

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  •  Damn Communist :0) n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, Nick Zouroudis

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:53:55 PM PDT

    •  For a really good reason: (1+ / 0-)
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      It's in Holdredge NE.

      I too live in red state here in Flyover Country.

      No jobs.  Wingnuts hanging from every tree.  Miles away from anything.

      That $59K house looks really attractive now, eh?

      "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

      by grog on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 10:12:53 AM PDT

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  •  House Prices (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, you can get a house on the cheap here. However, since we don't want a lot of riff-raff overrunning the state, be reminded that we have four extremely distinct seasons. The summers feature tornadoes and hailstorms and gusty winds, while the winters feature snow and cold and gusty winds. Spring and fall feature gusty winds.

    Nebraska also features folks like this guy in McDonalds.   I recently  had  a discussion about "illegal aliens" getting health care. When I asked if it was better to pay for emergency room care, &/or suffer the consequences  of pandemic diseases,   the person backed down a bit.

    One of these days, I will probably move to a state that does not "live poor and vote rich." I will miss Ben Nelson, though. NOT!!

    •  The Good Life (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't mind a few folks moving out here to Nebraska. Yeah, we get tornadoes ... very, very rarely. I personally love having four distinctive seasons. Each one has its own charm. We do get wind, but it isn't as bad as you make it out to be, shenebraska.

      We have a lot of mininformed "conservatives" here, but if a bunch of lefties from the coasts were to translocate out here, it would be no time at all before the radio stations and newspapers would reflect the new demographic. Maybe we could then get a REAL Democrat for a Senator.

      If you're tired of earthquakes, forest fires, high crime levels, overcrowding and workers with no work ethic - you might just consider buying a cheap house out here in Nebraska and living "The Good Life."

      Gimmee back my country!

      by NebraskaLefty on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 04:43:53 PM PDT

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