I think it has become increasingly apparent to any rational person in the US that this "debate" on health care reform has put politics and fear-mongering before the well-being of the American people and their opinions. According to polls, at least 70% of Americans want reform in the health care system. Around 24% say no, and around 6% are unsure. For the most part, the most vocal of reasons against the proposed public option has been that the public option will tear down the country because the US will become under socialist rule. These types of fear-mongering opinions can be found in most of the right wing talk-radio shows, most notably Rush Limbaugh, the heavily ring wing Fox News Channel, and the protestors at the town hall meetings. Take note, that a good deal of these outbreaks are by protestors that travel around from town hall to town hall and represent organizations lead by health insurance industries and the like (i.e, freedomworks). Statements made by anti-public option politicians(Republican and Democrat, both paid off by insurance companies and the like) in Congress and by organizations such as freedomworks cause a mass spread of misinformation, which in truth, such accusations started a year ago in the campaigns. The so-called debate has also caused laughable talking points and presentations in Congress. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct--N3hJfxs
I bring this all up because the amount of misinformation is overwhelming. So overwhelming that not only can't we get an honest debate on health care, but Americans are spilling their fear to their reasoning more than ever. Recently, Republican representative of South Carolina Bob Inglis advocated in a town hall meeting that he agrees to putting legislation for more energy efficient light bulbs (which would save people money) and that he agrees that children should be vaccinated for diseases. The crowd yells at him in anger and say they fear Obama. Inglis asks them what are they so afraid of and to stop watching Glenn Beck and they snapped back at him.
The sad thing is that the few powerful Republicans that can actually give a good argument against the proposed bill without fear-mongering cannot get a voice in and are muted out by the fear-mongering from Fox, Republicans in Congress, and the likes of Rush Limbaugh. I just watched Real Time with Bill Maher. It was Bill Maher vs 2 Republican representatives. One of the representatives was actually able to make a reasonable argument (the other one was an idiot about it). The three even went on to discuss whether or not they agree with Rush Limbaugh's statement about Obama being like Hitler, and both reps disagreed, though one of them (I think his name was Darrel Issa) actually sounded sincere. Throughout the show, I wondered
"why isn't this the kind of debate not being done in Congress and the like". But then I remembered that the game of politics and corruption always seems to come before the well-being of the people. Granted Issa is not the smartest guy to debate health care, but at least he was able to man up this instance and not resort to fear-mongering. I'll say that I disagree with his position because for the most part he is focusing too much on the $$$, but at least he was able to articulate it; not resort to fear tactics.
Just to add, I am for the public option (but honestly I'd prefer something similar to the hybrid system like what the French have). I'm not a democrat or a republican. But quite frankly, this should be an issue that needs to be addressed now and not be a joke of a debate.