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Final Call for Healthcare Reform

Posted in Issues, The Left, The Right, U.S political news by politicalily on March 7, 2010

President Obama has once again put out a call for Congress to schedule a final vote on healthcare reform. While passing healthcare reform would provide excellent political capital for President Obama and the Democrats it would also be excellent for the American people. The cost of health insurance is sky-rocketing at an alarming rate.Nearly everyone has seen their premiums increase and neither the American people nor the President have been able to get a straight answer from the insurance companies as to why they are massively raising premiums-by as much as 60% percent in states like Illionois. It seems as the cost of insurance raises the amount of coverage that they provide moves in the opposite direction. Preventive care is often not covered by insurance, the cost of preventive procedures is miniscule compared to the cost, both literally and metaphorically of the operations and procedure that result from preventive action not being taken.Preventive measures not being covered by insurance companies results in people skipping regular screenings and exams only to find themselves falling seriously ill to disease and conditions that could easily of been preventive or spotted and treated before they become severe. The high-cost of medical care paired with the low coverage of insurance leaves millions of Americans vulnerable every year. The other problem in the health insurance industry lies with the lack of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Those who have a history of medical problems or are more likely to fall ill, the people who need insurance the most,  find themselves exposed without insurance or paying astronomically high prices for insurance, while those who are healthy and require little medical assistance are insured. This is a backwards system that takes advantage of this sick and a system like this should not exist in a country like the United States. If we do not pass healthcare and allow those with pre-existing conditions to gain access to insurance we would be abandoning our sick and disabled, something I believe no politician would promote, but by voting against healthcare they would actively be doing . Republicans have said that the Democrats are trying to push something down the throats of Americans that they do not want, the Republicans are clearly mistaken. The American people have seen the problems in our healthcare system and fall victim to greedy insurance companies every day. The mother who can’t afford glasses for her child and watches him and his grades in school suffer everyday, the children who watch their parents grow sick but refuse costly care so their kids can attend college, the husband who watches his ailing wife die because they couldn’t afford a life saving procedure, these Americans are demanding health care reform and so is nearly every other person in the country. People have always said that those in Washington D.C are out of touch with voters and this has never been so true  of any politician than those who vote against reforming our healthcare system.

The whole health insurance system is broken and requires serious fixing. If all members of congress cannot come together and pass reform they are letting their constituents down. By letting healthcare reform die and by letting insurance companies continue to take advantage of hard-working Americans legislatures would be failing those who trusted in them and elected them into office. President Obama has called for a final vote and the American people have called for reform, the only question left is whether our congressmen and women will listen and answer that call.

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The Fight for Democracy

Posted in World Political news by politicalily on March 7, 2010

I have always opposed the war effort in Iraq and have been skeptical of our reasoning for being there, but that aside I want to congratulate the Iraqi people on today’s step towards growing and continuing their democracy. I believe we, the American people, need to look to them for inspiration. Millions of people risked their lives just to cast a vote today. The people of Iraq know what it is like to suffer without democracy and value the protection and promise that  democracy brings. We here in America have for all too long taken this promise for granted. The gridlock and partisanship are endangering the quality of our democracy. We need to set our opinions and grudges aside and work on keeping our country functioning to the best of her abilities. We need to start allowing our system of government to beginning working for us instead of against us. Because right now the petty bickering on Capital Hill is allowing our long and great system to defeat us, but if we start to compromise and  begin to pass real laws and reform our system can once again proudly be called the greatest in the world.

Even though I am too young to cast a ballot I want to address those of you who aren’t. Value your vote, be proud of it and don’t ever take in for granted. The voters in Iraq risked life and limb to have their voices heard, is it really so hard for you to give up some of your lunch break? Don’t ever skip voting out of laziness or indifference you have the right to have your voice heard, that right is your most important so use it. People across the world and throughout history have fought and died for the right to have their voices heard by their governments all you have to do is vote.

I know that the mid-term elections are still months out, but you need to be thinking about them now. When you are in that voting booth,and this applies to any election, only recall the facts. Think about the policy decisions and the opinions of those whose names are printed on your ballot, think about the actions they have taken and the words that they have spoke, try to forget the mud-slinging and name calling and meaningless propoganda because unbiased facts are solely on what you should base your consequential decision. And in the mid-term elections I’m begging with you not to just take your troubles out on those who are in office. While most Americans want to blame their problems on the Democrats because they are in power, the Republicans are just as much to blame. The Republicans have stopped or delayed most of the bills Democrats have tried to get through Congress that would deliver much needed help to the American people. The Republicans have stopped these bills from becoming law out of spite and petty anger rather than reason. The Republicans seem to have quickly forgotten which party got the country into the mess it is in. Also, if we replace Democrats with Republicans the traffic jam of politics will only get worse and that would surely have devastating effects that would echo from coast to coast.

To sum this all up, be proud and grateful of our democracy and do everything in your power to keep it healthy and working smoothly so that everyone feels its extensive and resounding effects.

Change We Might Still Believe in, Maybe

Posted in General, Politicians, The Left, The Right, U.S political news by politicalily on January 22, 2010

So Scott Brown won. It is not really that big of a deal. Sure Democrats no longer have a filibuster proof super majority, but they do have a majority in both houses, a Democratic President in office, and somewhat of a mandate from the people. The Democrats are still the ones in power. As for healthcare, I believe it will still pass. All President Obama has to do is get the House of Representatives to pass the Senate version and it could be on his desk by the end of the week. Of course Democrats in congress have shown that they are unorganized and fairly inefficient so it may take longer, but in theory it could work. Healthcare will still get passed because we have a determined President who will make it happen. Even if that is the only thing he accomplishes.

The voters of Massachusetts choose a Republican candidate because they are still looking for  change they can believe in. President Obama ran on a platform of change and so far things have pretty much stayed the same. Voters blame the party that is in power for all of the problems that our country is facing and rightly so. Democrats have shown that they may not be capable of getting us out of this mess and so voters have turned to the Republicans. Though I believe the American people are still wary of the GOP and have some confidence left in the left, though it is waning fast. Democrats need to take this election as a warning sign and get their act together. They have the power to transform our country right now because of their majority in congress, but if they don’t get something done and show the American people that they can solve the problems facing our nation, in November that power is going to be swept out from under their feet. President Obama if you think it is hard to get your party’s legislation through congress now, it is going to be impossible if you lose the majority. The Democrats will inevitably lose their majority if they keep up the status quo. The American People need some of that change they believed in.

Reluctant Advice for a Reigning Right

Posted in General by politicalily on January 17, 2010

I think my views on what the Republicans would need to do to win in 2012 would make for an interesting post, however if you are a Republican please do not heed the following advice because I would like to see President Obama serve a second term. The key word for Republicans is “Moderate.” It is essential for them to produce an exceedingly moderate candidate. Someone who doesn’t remind voters of George W. Bush and who has the “fresh-faced” image of Barack Obama. They need a Washington outsider who really brings back the image of a “Grand Old Party.” What they don’t need is an old, rich, balding white guy with a grand sized waist band. Hear that Rush Limbaugh, it is crucial for the success of you party that you not become the face of the Republican Party.

One of my few Republican friends recently made the remark that they would like to see a Huckabee/Palin ticket in 2012. I believe this would be a great ticket seeing as I want President Obama to be elected to a second term. If Republicans choose a Huckabee/Palin ticket President Obama will surely be re-elected. Both Huckabee and Palin are at the Fox News Chanel and that is were they should stay. Sure your hardcore Republicans are fans of them, but neither would classify as moderate. Throughout the 2008 election Sarah Palin demonstrated to the American people that she was in no way fit to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency and I doubt that will change by 2012. Sarah Palin is a PTA Mom who has gotten out of control not a serious presidential contender.

The GOP needs a whole new batch of presidential hopefuls. Many people have predicted that Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, could be the Republican’s Barack Obama and lead them to victory. I would have to say that while Bobby Jindal does have a fresh-faced vibe and seems change-y he is not the only one. I think that Senator Olympia Snowe could be a possible GOP presidential Candidate. Senator Snowe would appeal to many voters because she is not a member of the “Good ol’ Boys Club,” and that represents change. Senator Snowe has also demonstrated that she is willingly to compromise with Democrats when she voted to get healthcare reform out of committee. She is both moderate and represents a change. GOP looks like you have found your 2012 presidential candidate now you just need to find a new V.P vetting team because they didn’t do so swell choosing the “pit-bull with lipstick.”

A Harry Situation

Posted in Issues, Politicians, U.S political news by politicalily on January 12, 2010

If you haven’t heard about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s so-called “racist” comments you must have suffered a power outage that restricted your television, computer, and radio usage. If you have just regained power and rushed to read my blog, first of all, thank you, but more importantly here is a recap of today’s headlining event. In the new book “Game Change” Reid is quoted as saying Obama could succeed as a black candidate in part because of his light-skinned appearance… and speaking without a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Many Republicans believe this portrays Reid as a racist and have called for him to step down as Senate Majority Leader. In response to the outcry of disapproval Reid called many promenient African-Americans, including the President, and apologized for his comment. I do not believe Reid’s comment is even the slightest bit racist. There is clearly no malicious intent and Reid is showing support for the black candidate, Barack Obama, not trying to demean him. Reid’s voting record also shows that he has been supportive of civil rights and is in no way a closet racist as some in Washington may be. His comment is in no way racist, though he could have worded it better.

Inevitably, the Republicans have grabbed a hold of this new found “scandal” and absolutely refuse to let go. I imagine every right-wing politician, especially those running for senate seats in the 2010 election, feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Causing a commotion over Reid’s comment will greatly benefit Republicans. Drawing attention to Reid’s comment is like pouring salt in the Democrat’s wounds. The Republicans know that the Democrats face a tough election in 2010 and by shrouding the head Senate Democrat in controversy they are just kicking them while they are down. The Republican’s also know that by ushering this to the political forefront they have found the President’s achillies heel. President Obama has been reluctant to discuss race even as candidate Obama, but this has forced him to respond. I belive this could be a move by the Republicans to counter President Obama’s graceful response to the Christmas Day terror attacks that has his approval ratings on the rise, a slight rise, but any ascension is good. President Obama will have  to make a response and that could be a tricky situation because we all now race is a sticky issue. While this may be a smart move on the Republicans part I think it is petty and a low blow. The Republicans are being huge hypocrites and they know it.

As for the Republican’s call for Reid to resign, not going to happen. Reid shouldn’t step-down because the democrats, the ones he leads, are behind him. Sure he is probably going to lose his Senate seat, and therefore his position as Senate Majority Leader, but he shouldn’t step-down. Reid should keep going and not give up, unlike our good friend Sarah Palin who quit her job as Governor of Alaska, don’t even get me started on that!

The Right’s Sudden Memory Loss

Posted in General, Politicians by politicalily on January 8, 2010

Former Speaker of the House  Newt Gingrich has written a book that is due out this spring titled “To Save America”. Really? When I read this title all I wanted to do was call up Mr.Gingrich and ask him, “Wasn’t it your cronies who put America in the position of needing to be saved?” Of course the only answer to that question is “Duh, yah!” The publisher, Regnery, said “ In “To Save America,” Gingrich argues that a decade of dishonesty from our leaders of both parties has created the greatest threat to our nation’s survival since the Civil War. He asserts that the federal government is broken, and we must be willing to “replace, not reform” our leaders and our policies. He also warns that the big-spending, big-government programs and bureaucracies of the Left are inimical to our survival as the greatest free and prosperous nation in history, and he lays out a bold plan that will restore our nation to its fundamental values. I’m sorry, but what a load of crap! ” A decade of dishonesty from our leaders of both parties” I would just like to gently remind him that it was his party that has been in control for 8 of the past nine years. He then goes on to criticize the ” big-spending, big government programs and bureaucracies of the Left”  that are preventing us from continuing to be the “greatest free and prosperous nation in history.”  The American people are looking for help. They want the government to help them out of the horrible situation President Bush left this noble nation in.They don’t want their government to step out-of-the-way and say “fend for yourselves.”  The American people elected a Democrat, someone from the Left, because they believed he had what it took to restore America to her place as thee greatest free and prosperous nation in history. They weren’t wrong. I also want to say to all the Republicans out there to think before they criticize. They all seem to have a very, very short-term memory and have forgotten the Bush-era quickly. If you are a member of the Republican party don’t be so quick to judge President Obama, after all he is still cleaning up after your party’s last president’s mess.

Compromise is the Name of the Game

Posted in General, Issues by politicalily on December 22, 2009

With the healthcare bill working its way through the Senate there has been a whole lot of compromising going on and I think that is absolutely wonderful! Democrats will say that they are right and Republicans will say they are the ones that know the answer. In the end both parties are right. Democrats are right in the sense that they are right for helping people and accomplishing their party’s goals and Republicans are right in the sense that they are right for helping businesses and accomplishing the goals of their party. Everyone is right!

Of course, you aren’t going to get Democrats to admit that Republicans are right and Vice-Versa, but that doesn’t really matter as long as there is some bipartisan action going on. Democrats have had to give up certain things, such as the public option, to pass healthcare and many compromises have had to be made in order to sway congressmen to vote yea. Maybe this is a good thing. When compromises are made between the parties regarding healthcare or any other issues the American People are the ones who win. All of America is neither Left nor Right, most Americans would place themselves somewhere in the middle. When a bill is passed or a decision made that has both Republican and Democratic input it is more likely to suit the entire nation. When you combine Democrats looking out for people and Republicans looking out for business everyone has someone looking out for them. When compromises are made everyone gets something and everybody is happy. That is why compromise should always be the name of the game, at least in policy making!

Healthcare is Hurting my Mental Health!

Posted in Issues, U.S political news by politicalily on December 21, 2009

Whew! Thank God it is almost over! Once the healthcare bill is passed I believe everyone will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Wherever you stand on healthcare you’ve got to admit this has been one long and confusing process. I usually don’t have much of a problem understanding key issues, but I can’t lie healthcare has got me confuzzled. I strongly believe in universal healthcare, but I just don’t know if this bill is strong enough to accomplish that.

When President Obama was Candidate Obama his plan for healthcare sounded great! I’m not sure that it still does. He promised a public option, an expansion of medicare, and universal coverage. None of those things are present in the bill that is currently close to being passed in the Senate. The Democrats gave up the public option, I was very sad to see it go. I think that healthcare and health insurance should be a right. No person should suffer because they cannot afford medical help. I also don’t think companies should be able to capitalize on people’s health,the sky-high prices insurance companies charge should be criminal. The way that insurance companies treat their customers is appalling! Republicans have said that it will destroy the insurance industry if we have a government run public option, actually that isn’t so.

Lets take a second and think about the college industry. There are public colleges and there are private colleges. Just because there are public colleges doesn’t mean that private colleges are going out of business, far from it! Now lets revert back to the health insurance industry. Imagine if the government sold healthcare whose main goal was not to make a profit, but to insure as many Americans as possible. This would force the insurance industry to straighten up, charge reasonable rates, and treat their customers right. Would that really be so bad?

The Democrats have had to give up a lot for this bill to pass, and honestly I don’t understand why. With a majority in both houses and a Democratic president in office you would think the Democrats could push the healthcare bill through quickly with a public option and all, but a few sticklers have ruined it for everyone. President Obama has given up a lot to pass healthcare and the current bill is unrecognizable compared to the bill that was first introduced in the House. Honestly, I don’t blame those who want to kill the bill and start over. Just because Democrats have persuaded Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to break the filibuster and pass the bill doesn’t mean healthcare is home free. The House version will have to be reconciled with the Senate version in conference committee and go back to both houses for another vote. Who knows how long it will take the current healthcare bill to be passed and how watered down it will be when it is, but the one thing I can be sure of is that any step towards healthcare coverage for all is a good one!