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I was over at the Huffington Post and came across an Op-Ed that was written by Ed Shultz Link. It was an excellent piece regarding real Americans and their need for real healthcare reform. There was also a powerful video of the free clinic that was hosted in Kansas City, MO.

I read the piece and saw the video. It was very moving. It actually brought me to tears.  After listening to the debate out of Washington this week and listening to what we might end up with in this healthcare reform battle I was actually moved to even more tears.  People really need real healthcare reform not the window dressing that it seems we are going to end up with. I am exhausted from begging, pleading, faxing, e-mailing, letter writing, and calling for our elected officials to do the right thing by the American people.  Ed's Op-Ed expressed my emotions exactly.  Here's a snippet from the article:

America has a heartless side to it as well. That is demonstrated when U.S. Senators put the God Almighty Dollar in front of people who put them in office. How any law maker could deny full access and full health care coverage is beyond me. Senators who put themselves ahead of the people and who have been spoiled by the Washington good life have lost their soul and what it means to be an American. We throw billions of dollars at wars, often without hesitation, but some in the Congress are willing to treat humans in their own country like a piece of machinery that can be left in a junk yard.

My God, what has happened to America ?

Also, after listening to his radio show today he noted that more than 83% of the people who attended the free clinic had 1 and in some cases 2 jobs but still could not afford healthcare. In the end this was Ed's plea:

I beg the Senate: please make the correct decision for this country and pass the torch to a new generation with compassion and moral compass with a health care bill that never falls short of any need for any American.

My plea is that everybody that reads Ed's OP-Ed is to make a copy of it and send it to their elected officials.

I can't embed the video of the clinic but it is a must see for every politician in Capital Hill. Please click on the link to watch it  

Originally posted to shevas01 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 02:37 PM PST.

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  •  YES!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    I have been waiting for this!

    The average person in this country is a TOTAL @#$@#$@# bastard!  We live in an age of instant gratification and complete selfishness.

    People are only in it for themselves and don't give a DAMN about anyone else...until THEY need help.

    It is time to call out America for how STUPID it has been for so long.  I love America...but I despise most Americans.

    •  Ed really directed his fire to (4+ / 0-)
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      northsylvania, DWG, Oh Mary Oh, wolfie1818

      our elected officials in Washington not to the American people overall.  If you look at the video there were more than 1600 volunteers trying to bring free healthcare to Americans who need it. I think more people are good than bad. Just my opinion.

      •  In a country full of 300 million people... (2+ / 0-)
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        KttG, Oh Mary Oh

        1 in a hundred is still 3 million.  The reason I love this country is because of them.

        And sure most people are broadly speaking 'not evil' but they're also willfully ignorant.

        And 40% couldn't give a damn about anything but themselves, their friends and their family.

  •  It's frustrating and sad to see what quality care (4+ / 0-)
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    tarheelblue, DWG, Oh Mary Oh, shevas01

    There will only be change when those unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

    by quidam56 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 02:43:31 PM PST

  •  Also check out what Rush had to say about (3+ / 0-)
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    the assurance senator minority leader Mitch M. told him with regards to HCR.

    Rush had announced this week that he was going to go after McConnell.  According to Rush today on his radio program The minority leader assured him that the amendments being introduced on the floor by the repubs were not to advance the bills but to slow and kill HRC.

    TPM has a piece on this:

  •  I don't what the excuse is (1+ / 0-)
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    for the Senators.  I do feel there is a undercurrent of racism and cynicism regarding social programs in all this.

    Denial is complicity.

    by Publius2008 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 02:53:08 PM PST

  •  who wuddo thunk that our real problems (1+ / 0-)
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    were not GOPers, but Democrats?

    Not only are our senatwhores spineless, pay-per use, prostitutes, who care more for their K-Street patrons and owners than the average citizens of this country.

    Not only does our congress tend to disappoint, but the only path and direction they seem to understand is a drift to the right.  They have compromised way too far, too fast.

    Both houses take their lead from the White House. And the clear indications from Obama & Co. have been abysmal. Unsettling. Depressing.

    There is no "leadership" from the president, there is only compromise. Even before the GOP demands one.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 02:53:41 PM PST

  •  Ed is spot on again. (0+ / 0-)

    But instead of posting at Huffington, maybe its time he starts looking toward his own message board on his site. The racists are beginning to run the place.

  •  Thank you diarist for this piece. (4+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, AnnCetera, shevas01, debit

    The celebration of not knowing in this country today is scary. Lack of knowledge is nowadays rewarded.

    Even here in MN.  Last year before the election.  3 post high school educated females told me that the reason they had chosen to vote for Palin(they emphasized not McCain) was because Mr. Obama was not qualified.  I proceeded to inquire on Palin's expertise.  The answer was she was a governor of a large state.

    Think about that folks?

    The saying that ignorance is a Bliss is fatuous and silly.  It makes no sense.  It is illogical.  It is a continued license for some in our society to claim common sense but acting and voting against their best interest.

    Most of these same people support fire fighters, police, building roads, electrical power plants, TSA, airports, etc under collective government control.  HCR, hell NO.  Why?  MSM, Fox, 1300 talk haters and the mega companies.

  •  I listen to Big Ed most every day. (3+ / 0-)
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    He's been on fire of late. His last town-hall and now this. He also said today on the radio show that the damned Senate ought to go and have their HCR debate in front of all the people at the free clinic. Would they actually have the guts ?

  •  The Ed Show today (1+ / 0-)
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    Today Ed is trashing the health care bill.
    First Robert Reich argues that the public option is an absolute necessity.
    Then Rep Blumenauer says that the House bill is much better than the Senate bill.
    Now I am wondering if Reid is leading us in the right direction or off the cliffs.

    •  well....medicare buy-in is a public option. (0+ / 0-)

      So, I'm ok with dropping what has been proposed for that because what has been proposed was so narrow that it would not have been effective anyway. However, I need to see more in premium and service fee cuts. Haven't seen how this was going to bring costs down for most American's who are 55 and under but need healthcare insurance.

      •  Actually not (0+ / 0-)

        Robert Reich on Medicare buy-in:
        Here's what we do know (about the deal): First, it might allow some 55-64 year-olds to buy into Medicare. Second, it might allow those without employer health insurance to buy private insurance the way federal employees do.

        So what's the problem here? A system of only private insurers simply will not control costs. Without competition from a public option, insurance companies have no incentive to compete--just like now.

        Enlarging Medicare is no answer. The Senate bill slows Medicare's costs only if they're rising faster than total health spending. But with private insurers running the show, total health spending will still be out of control. Plus, we have no idea how many people might be allowed to buy into Medicare, or if it will be even close to affordable for them.

        Health care reform must include a strong public option. It's key to controlling costs, expanding coverage, and forcing Big Insurance to compete. Without it, we'll end up with a national health care system controlled by a handful of very large corporations accountable neither to American voters nor to the market. And that is not even close to real health care reform.

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