Our elected representatives are supposed to be representing us. But they're really representing the lobbyists.
The most recent NY Times/CBS News Poll shows that 72% of Americans support a public health plan. Yet Congressional Democrats claim they'll have to "go it alone" to pursue legislation to fix our broken health care system. Why? Because the AMA and insurance companies throw money. Lots of money. And as long as they are allowed to do so, we will not see significant health care reform.
In 2000, the World Health Organization ranked the world's health systems. America was number 37. Who was ahead of us? France topped the list. The UK and Canada, systems often thrown about to scare us ranked higher than ours. We spend more money on health care than any other nation, yet there are approximately 30% of our population without any kind of insurance. As the economic crisis lingers, those numbers may reach as high as 40%
But hey, why should your Congresscritter worry about whether or not you have health insurance or if you're under insured? It's not like you're going to send him money to vote for health care reform. Certainly not in the amounts that the lobbyists for the other side are capable of tossing around.
It's all bullshit. We the People are no longer represented by our government. We turned over that privilege years ago to the deep pockets of corporations and lobbying groups. Reasserting our voice will be long and difficult.
How can we do it? Write emails and letters. Make phone calls. Send telegrams. Be heard. If enough of us do it, I have to believe that change will happen.