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Minerva L. Williams: Health care reform is worth fighting for

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Posted: September 5, 2009 4:58 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

The word from the Organizing America crew is that Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius recently "misspoke" regarding the "public option."

Those who field the calls, go out to the malls, set up workshops, pass the word, produce handouts, e-blast, Tweet and Facebook are scrambling to www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/08/21/Weekly-Address-The-Moral-Case-for-Health-Insurance-Reform/, although

Obama has said that the "public option is just a sliver of the proposed objectives and may not be in the final."
Americans want to stop the medical bankruptcies, to provide an efficient, effective and standardized health care-delivery component in the health care reform.

Preventive care, mentioned in the reform, should lower the costs of pharmaceuticals, doctors and hospital health care, which is strangling our weary seniors and HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes and cardiac treatment.

We all know someone with nagging irreversible illnesses who needs medicinal cocktails, patches, pills, shots and tonics to make it through the day.

So what is all of this hesitation, maneuvering and double-speak that we are hearing? Bush is not around to kick this time.

The media won't allow us to be oblivious to the disruptive, gun-toting and gun-strapped, reddened head-vein popping, bulging-eyed, yelling "patriots" at recent town hall meetings.

We understand that change is abominable to some and frightening to most when the government steps in.

We know how groups take advantage of the "gaping loopholes" and "financial windfalls," due to poor planning and pencil pushing administrators who can't think their way out of wet paper bags.

Nevertheless, Obama et al says they have "studied the plan, they know what they need to shore up the gaps before execution."

Won't we, in the meantime, demand that our legislatures stop taking money from the corporate entities that stand to lose when health care is spread throughout the United States?

While legislators fully enjoy superior taxpayer-supported health care, paid in full, every year, on time, without denial for prior medical conditions, can't we be vigilant and remind our elected leadership that they represent us and our families' future?

Their fear-mongering and scare tactics are only affecting those seriously not informed or seriously paid to performed. But then again, I guess this is how politicians stay elected.

Isn't health worth fighting for? Will someone explain this to me?

Minerva L. Williams is a resident of Castaic. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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