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>Highlights from last night

August 18, 2009

>If you read nothing else, scroll down to the bold print and read it and what follows.

I was unable to attend Spencer Bachus’s hatefest, uh, excuse me, Health Care Town Hall meeting last night, but I heard enough on the radio this morning to know that:

  1. I would have been in the minority, by far.
  2. Spencer Bachus is a liar.
  3. If Republicans can link any issue to immigration, they can justify their opposition to the issue with their hatred.

1. Progressive/Liberal bloggers have estimated the freepers outnumbered the progressives 200 to 1, but that would be expected, in spite of Over the Mountain Democrats being a fairly large organization in the area. By the way, OTMD are sponsoring a candidate forum with Ron Sparks and Artur Davis tonight (!) at Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 6:30. Free and open to the public. Why does it always happen? I have another meeting I have to attend. Grrr. But my peeps will be there and I will get good info.

2. On the radio this morning, on the Matt Murphy show, I heard that Bachus said last night he voted against TARP and led the fight against it. That is a lie, but there are many other reasons to be against him.

3. Julie at Left in Alabama gives a good report of the Town Hall. Here are some highlights she gathered from:

People in attendence:

Health care for illegals is particularly galling. I cannot stress enough how angry they are over the thought that some might receive treatment for free, while they themselves ‘worked hard all their lives’. The hatred is palpable. You really have to have attended one of these things to know what I mean. You come away feeling in need of a long, hot bath.

Another big point was “no government control”. People are also combining this one with a mantra I heard more than once about “Let them fix Medicare and Medicaid, THEN maybe we’ll see if they can expand it.” It was repeated almost word for word several times, so I assume it’s a line they have been fed for a while now. (Well done, GOP – they have it memorized.)

From Bachus:

His breakdown of the uninsured:

11 million eligible for Mediaid but not taking it

9.7 million illegal immigrants

4.7 million students

9.1 million income > 75k

13-16 million remaining

Blames Medicare for higher costs of insurance, due to government’s ‘inability to pay a fair price’ which is then passed on.

Contradicts himself several times, but the crowd just loves him more 🙂

While blaming Medicare for increased cost, he makes a big point that Insured are paying 113% to cover uninsured.

Well, according to one of the People, the Insured aren’t paying squat for the uninsured, because Insurance companies set a price per procedure. According to this man, who works in Hospital Administration, the hospital simply eats it all. When asked if it is still profitable, he assures me that, despite the uncollected debts, the hospital is still showing a healthy profit.

Bachus gave a real virtuoso performance on Illegal Immigration. He was able to work it in solidly to Health Reform, and get the crowd really whipped into a frenzy of ill-disguised racism, selfishness and xenophobia.

CONTROL THE BORDERS drew huge cheers. At least there were no suggestions of sewing the Mexican flag onto immigrant’s clothing, but I can’t swear that this crowd would’ve objected to the idea.

Southerners haven’t changed, nor do they look likely to in the foreseeable future. It’s still the same bunch who used to beat Bibles on Sunday and slaves on Monday.

Thanks Julie!!! and thanks to your readers too.

From the comments:

Did you notice how, on the couple of occasions that a person of color spoke, they started screaming, “Where are you from?” When the woman who is waiting for a lung transplant spoke, the idiots behind me started in with, “She sounds pretty strong to me.” It was all I could do not to turn around and show them the oxygen tube that was clearly visible in my zoom lens.

from another:

but I finally lost it when The Three Weird Sisters behind me started in on the person who spoke about their bout with cancer.
“Accountability!” they kept saying, until I finally couldn’t stand it any more and whipped around to see three middle aged, obviously pretty well-to-do housewife types. I asked them, “Do you really think a person is accountable for cancer?” and, as I looked into their dull, piggish little eyes, all three nodded in unison.

from another:

During one of several immigrant-bashing rants, Spencer said that no one here illegally should get any health care. Cheers and applause from the “Christian” crowd. Ed Savela, sitting next to me, called out, “Just let them die?” and a guy in front of us said, “Let them work.” I responded, “They do work, dumb*ss!”, which is now immortalized on the videotape.

From another:

They surely forget that Jesus said:
“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.

They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?

He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

How hard is this to really understand???

>Advice for President Obama and Spencer Bachus

August 17, 2009

>There’s a nice video to original music here about the Great American Kiss-In.

Count me as one of the progressive/liberals that believes that health care reform does not happen unless there is at least a public option. In fact, I am in favor of a single payer system, but I know that won’t happen for another decade or so, so a government run public option is the next best thing.

Of the Americans who have insurance, what percentage do you think have government insurance now? You may be surprised.

Here is what President Obama needs to consider:

The Republicans will not be voting for health care reform with or without the public option.

The Republicans will not be voting for health care reform with or without end of life counseling.

Now, consider this, Mr. President.

You campaigned on health care reform (and other things) and we progressives supported you. Do I need to start listing the things you have fallen short on? A public option was one of the planks in your health care platform.

Let me quote from “Renewing America’s Promise” (page 10), the Democratic Party platform from 2008.

“Families and individuals should have the option of keeping the coverage they have or choosing from a wide array of health insurance plans, including many private health insurance options and a public plan.”

On your Health Reform web site web site, on the Alabama page, you say this:

Guaranteeing Choices: The largest health insurer in Alabama holds 89% of the market, which limits the choices that you have for finding coverage. With a competitive public insurance option, you will have more choices and increased competition that holds insurance companies accountable.

Don’t give up on the public option!!! If you are going to give up on something, give up on believing that bipartisan participation in reform is a possibility.

Spencer Bachus is hosting a Town Hall meeting tonight at 7:00 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. I was planning to go, but just don’t feel it would be the best use of my time. I have been going back and forth with an anti-health care reform buddy of mine, and finally got to the root of the matter. He doesn’t like the “messenger” so he is against “the message.” In other words, he is anti-Obama so he is anti-reform, ignoring the facts and what is actually in the proposals. Most of the people who will attend feel the same way, and they are not going to be convinced to change their mind.

But Bachus needs to do what is best for the country, and for the people of Alabama.

I hope Bachus takes these things into consideration as he bows to the birthers and deathers that will probably crowd the room tonight. References for these figures are here.

Since 2000 alone, average family premiums have increased by 95 percent in Alabama.

28 percent of middle-income Alabama families spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care.

16 percent of people in Alabama report not visiting a doctor due to high costs.

Alabama businesses and families shoulder a hidden health tax of roughly $600 per year on premiums as a direct result of subsidizing the costs of the uninsured.

13.6 percent of people in Alabama are uninsured, and 63 percent of them are in families with at least one full-time worker.

Choice of health insurance is limited in Alabama. Blue Cross Blue Shield AL alone constitutes 83 percent of the health insurance market share in Alabama, with the top two insurance providers accounting for 88 percent.

Choice is even more limited for people with pre-existing conditions. In Alabama, premiums can vary based on demographic factors and health status, and coverage can exclude pre-existing conditions or even be denied completely.

The overall quality of care in Alabama is rated as “Average.”

Our nation’s health care is rated number 37 in the world, and our part of that is just “average.” I can’t believe the people of Alabama would be satisfied with that. But I guess that is part of Alabama’s history. Satisfied with the status quo and mired in mediocrity.