Friday, May 08, 2009

Ed Schultz interviews Dr. Margaret Flowers

Arrested for fighting for healthcare reform!

Ed Schultz interviews Dr. Margaret Flowers - PNHP’s official Blog

Barrack Obama missed out on the 1960's- the decade of social upheaval and change that brought about the Anti-Vietnam War protests, and the continued non-violent demonstrations of Martin Luther King. People were harassed, beaten and arrested for what they believed in.

Then we elected out 1st ever President of African-American descent.

So he benefited from the work others did who laid their lives on the line. He doesn't have to, thanks to them.

And now others are laying their lives on the line at these Senate hearings in order to get the option of Single-Payer Healthcare on the table. As Ralph Nader put it in an email I got from him today:

"(Senate Finance) Committee chair Senator Max Baucus called a full 28 witnesses for two hearings on health care reform. Senator Baucus called on the Business Roundtable... The Heritage Foundation... the lobby known as America's Health Insurance Plans. But not one of the 28 witnesses called by Baucus supported what the majority of the American people and what the majority of doctors, nurses and health economists want: Single payer, full Medicare for all, everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital health care.

Ironic, isn't it? That not only did Obama miss out on the suffering others did on his behalf in the 60's, he's part of the problem. He himself kept Single Payer Activists from speaking out at a recent White House Conference on Health Care Reform.

Maybe there is something to be said for a few years of experience necessary to become President. But not for job-related skill-building, so much as just the experiences of life. To wit: if Obama has to take to the streets to fight for the basics of life, maybe he would be more sympathetic.

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