sorry, some politics...
recently a member of the house of representatives had a town hall meeting. he asked the people (mainly senior citizens) if they were opposed to socialized medicine. they all raised their hands. then he asked if anyone was on medicaid or medicare. and they all raised their hands...(to be clear, medicaid and medicare are 'socialized medicine'...).
see, the big insurance companies and health care companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to slander obama and his health care plan, and to make sure that americans are woefully ill-informed. and the big insurance companies are giving millions and millions to republicans, getting the republicans to go out and do the insurance companies dirty work.
if anyone you know says, 'obama wants socialized health care' maybe ask them: a-what 'socialized health care' actually means? and b-if they've read the proposed legislation?
it amazes me how quickly people will just parrot back republican/insurance company talking points if fox news and republicans just repeat themselves enough. repeat 'socialized medicine' enough and people will start saying 'socialized medicine' even though they don't know what they're actually talking about.
what a shame, as obama and the dems are genuinely trying to help people through health care reform. our health care system sucks. it just sucks. and, not surprisingly, the insurance companies are fighting back at this perceived threat to their hegemony. just be aware that when you hear a republican say 'socialized medicine' it's code word for 'i'm getting an awful lot of money from insurance companies'.
we need health care reform. we cannot be one of the most prosperous nations on the planet and have millions and millions of people walking around without some sort of coverage. it's beneath us. and we cannot be one of the most prosperous nations on the planet and deny coverage to people who've actually paid for it. again, it's beneath us. we should not resemble dickensian england, where the wealthiest have access to health care and the poorest die in the streets ('please hmo, can i have some more?').
sorry to rant, but health care reform is both necessary and moral, and the republicans are trying to block it solely at the bequest of the insurance companies. i really hope that the dems will be able to pass substantial health care reform in spite of the tens of millions of dollars being spent by the insurance companies to maintain the status quo. the status quo that leaves roughly 20% of americans with little or no health care, and which routinely denies treatment to people who've regularly made their insurance payments.