I guess we will never have an honest health care debate in this country unless there is an addressing of the disconnect from the whole that is this system - the way we eat and what we are given to eat, the way we live our lives, our values, the death that is incurred to maintain "our way of life." This system has very few options, really - to make provisions for all and maintain itself at the same time. The corporate lobby is too well entrenched, the security apparatus is too far entrenched in the federal government and there are too many ties between government and the corporate that they have almost blurred into one over-arching monolith. Maintaining a world empire while trying to manage citizens and financing it all on debt is just not sustainable. Given that scenario, when folks talk about the government rationing healthcare or tying it in with conditionalities in the midst of all this, I don't think that it is too far off the mark to suggest that the government could have to make some "tough" decisions in the light of all these factors. Just as they make decisions as to who lives and dies in its wars for conquest - perhaps the fear(deep down and unconscious) is that what has been done to the "thems" will be done to the "us."
The corporate health monolith(which was partly engendered by the Federal government in the form of HMOs) makes decisions to "ration" health care as it is now and when this is thrown into the mix, these PR managed town hall "grassroots" protests are exposed for what they really are - the exploitation of the frustration many people have now in this economy combined with a lack of appreciation for history or how power works in this country. Why they weren't organized to protest bailouts of the too big to fails shows the fact that people don't organize like this unless they are given a script to follow.
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