Jan 29, 2010

Spaghetti dinners take the place of real health care reform

News stories on a couple of recent fundraisers really illustrates the need for health care reform in this country, and it should debunk rightwing Republicans claim that health care is just fine the way it is.

Republicans have made defeating health care reform their no. 1 priority even if it wrecks the country, and they have rolled out a massive fear mongering campaign and lie after lie. Health insurance lobbyists are spending $1.4 million a day on that misinformation campaign to protect their huge profits. With more than 50 million Americans and counting without health care coverage and medical bills the number one cause of personal bankruptcy for people with health insurance, we will have to hold a lot of spaghetti dinners. As a public service for both the uninsured and those people putting on the fundraiser, I will highlight them.

The most recent benefit was held yesterday at T.G.I. Friday's in Green Oak Township for Courtney Beard, 21, who was kidnapped from the parking lot of a nearby restaurant where she worked on New Year's Day. She was held, according to the Detroit News, for 12 hours in a trailer in Antrim County by her estranged boyfriend. When police rescued Beard, she was suffering from hypothermia and underwent surgery for a stab wound to her leg at a Gaylord hospital. Although like millions of Americans, she works, but she does not have insurance.

All proceeds from the drinks sold were donated to her medical costs, as well as half the proceeds of a 50/50 drawing.

A fundraiser was held last Saturday for Michael White of Howell at 59 West Bar and Billiards in Highland Township. White, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, was left with about $500,000 in medical bills after undergoing a 16-hour surgery to reconstruct his spine after he was involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident and broke his back in several places.

Like many Americans, White had been paying for health insurance for nine years before last July, when he was laid off from his job as an electrician and lost his benefits. Luckily for him, he was called back to work, but while he was waiting for his health benefits to be reinstated, he had his accident. A fear millions of Americans have.

"He's a homeowner with these ridiculous medical bills, and are we're just trying to help him out," Jessica Hilla, a friend of White's who is hosting the benefit, told the P & A.

I have no idea how the benefit for Ms. Beard went, but the word is it went well for White; that’s good news.


Not Anonymous said...

You make your arguments for health care baseless when you lie. Republicans are not saying that health care is fine the way it is.

What we are saying is that we currently have the best health care system in the world. Can it be made better? Yes. But not with a government takeover of the health care system.

With you being a socialist it's only natural that you're going to deny that we have the best health care in the world. That's a great thing about this country. You can be that socialist and still get away with spewing your lies. But they are not believable except to other socialists.

You might want to check on the Republican plan before opening your mouth and inserting your foot the next time. There is a plan out there but Obama, Reid and Pelosi are afraid to hear it.

You have another problem. 63% of the people in this country do not want the health care plans passed in the House nor in the Senate.

Communications guru said...

The only problem with your argument is that I am not lying. We do have some of the best health care in the world, but the problem is millions of Americans do not have access to it and millions more with health insurance are going bankrupt the first time they have to use that health care insurance they have been paying for for years.

As for your “government take over” the most popular health care insurance is Medicare, a government run program, but that’s not even what’s being proposed.

I’m not a socialist, anonymous, I’m a proud liberal Democrat, the party that made America great.

The Republicans only plan is to stop Obama at all costs or lots and lots of spaghetti dinners.

Another lie. The majority of Americans want health care reform. Even after the health insurance spending $1.4 million a day on misinformation, people still support health care reform. The problem is the people who have been swayed by the insurance lobby/tea bagger lies are joined by people who know it does not go far enough.

Labrador Blue Dog said...

"best health care in the world"?

Using what objective standard. Where do you get this crap?

We're ranked #37 by the World Health Organization.

That's a fact.

Show me ANY objective statistical support for your allegation of being "the best in the world".

By the way- A fund-raiser tonight at the American Legion in Howell. We're raising money for a victim of breast cancer. She too was laid off her job a year and a half ago, and has huge health care expenses. Come on out- 50/50 drawings and fund raising all around.

Here is the complete listing of world health care system performance:
Performance report

Not Anonymous- You make a very good case for requiring an intelligence test in order to be able to vote.