As expected the House Health Care Bill passed with a smaller margin than expected… But it won, and now (after a much needed rest) we move forward.

Again, as expected, the real debate is in the Senate…

The Constitution is a marvelous document… One chamber is designed to move fast… that is why it is limited to two year terms… The other is designed to move slow… That of course is why six year terms are standard…

Those of us who drive, know a car needs a good engine and good brakes… Yes, sometimes the brakes lock up, such as when a caliper freezes shut… Had we dealt with slavery in the 1820′s we might never have fought a Civil War… (Actually it was a very uncivil war, as i can joke about it almost exactly 150 years later).

Had we dealt with segregation in the 1870′s, we might have experienced some peaceful summers of experimental love during the sixties. Instead we rode buses through Mississippi….

Had we taxed the wealthy during the Roaring Twenties, we may have skipped that chapter in our history called the Great Depression….

But we didn’t… Instead, in each circumstance, we compromised. In thinking that by making a working agreement and solidifying it on paper, our ancestors assumed the immorality underlying certain acts, could be ignored and if invisible, would simply go away…

It didn’t..

Slavery was still a mockery of “land of the free.” Segregation was still a mockery of “everyman has an equal chance.” And the wealthy as they became wealthier, just became “more sorry’er son’s of bitches”…

We could make the same mistake with Health Care… As with slavery, the future is absolutely clear. The Public option towards health-care is a necessity. And as with slavery, segregation, finance regulation, and even cancerous tobacco, despite all the writing on the wall, despite all the clarity of how it must end, … those private interests who personal welfare is diametrically opposed to what is best for our country, are once again instigating measures that delay, postpone, and stymie the ultimate outcome… The cost to the rest of us…. of doing so …. is astronomical.

Just as one must add the cost of the Civil War to the balance sheet of determining the economics of slavery, just as one must add the cost of lost purchasing power to the balance sheet of determining the Southern white’s benefits to Southern segregation, just as one must add the cost of the Great Depression when determining the benefits of deregulating the Roaring Twenties, ONE MUST ADD THE COST OF UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES, AGAINST THE PROFITS OF THIS NATION’S MEDICAL CORPORATIONS…. and that cost is high… and keeps climbing minute by minute…

Delaying meaningful Health Care Reform to keep corporate profits arbitrarily higher, is actually treasonous to our national interest…. It is at it’s most simple: treasonous.

But since such has become the accepted practice over the past 8 years, it will take an outraged public to reshape the debate… Bending over backward for any insurance, medical, or pharmaceutical company will in the end, be judged to be in the same category as a vote for slavery, a vote for segregation, or a vote for deregulating Wall Street.

Such a vote, is detrimental to the well being of this country.

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