From Sea to Shining Sea
by Debra Kozikowski
This week President Obama will go from a Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to a Friday visit in Bozeman, Montana. That is definitely from one end to the other when it comes to traveling the distance in the lower 48.
It’s all health care all the time during the August congressional recess as the White House fights back against the always loud and often times unreasonable voices of conservative “astro-turfers” who have been targeting Members of Congress at district meetings across the country.
But there are reasonable voices defending the need for true health care reform. AARP, a member organization for people over age 50, has ads calling for meaningful reform and has created a web presence to counter the myths out there about what the legislation will and will not do for seniors.
And the president has gotten some help from unexpected quarters as well, including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. A group known to side more often with Republicans than Democrats. PhRMA has produced and aired ads supporting Obama’s health care reform package in conjunction with Families USA, a liberal group.
There are more twists and turns every day, and what former President G.W. Bush might well call misunderestimations of how far partisan conservative Republicans are willing to go to make this debate about the next election rather than health care. Read what former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighed in with on a FaceBook post:
And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.
No matter that President Obama directly answered the fears some have expressed over euthanasia being part of his health care proposal. Or that former Vermont governor Howard Dean, a trained medical doctor in real life, when interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union stated unequivocally that, “Euthanasia’s not in this bill.”
The rumors and innuendo persist enough that the White House has launched a new web site aimed at informing people about what the legislation means to average Americans. We’ll keep you posted.