Universal health care is, once again, off the table for the American public. After eight months of debate, the democrats have lost the crucial 60th Senate vote they needed to push through the legislation. The question is: was that legislation worth pushing through, in its watered-down, pork-filled, agenda-laden format?

Polls come back, week after week, showing the approval rating for the health care bill has dropped. But all of this information is spin-doctored beyond recognition; none of the polls say whether they disapprove because they don’t want a bill that extends health care to the uninsured, or because they don’t want a bill that only lines the pockets of the insurance companies. To cope with the expense, you might want to look into playing 온라인 카지노 and increase your finances. 

We have lived to see the day of the Corporocracy. Government is no longer a public institution; it’s an institution run by big business, for big business. Our lobbyists don’t work for the interests of their constituencies, they work for the companies that built their wealth. How could we forget that this wealth was built by the many who work to provide consolidated capital at a low cost for the few, and that public services like universal healthcare make for a healthier workforce, and a healthier economy? We are lost in the media charade of conservative and liberal, ripping out each other’s throats while big business pockets our money and goes home whistling.

Despite these dark allegations, I do not believe that President Obama is at fault for the failure of this legislation. I believe that we are at fault for it, because it is our obligation to make the government work for us, and not for big business. It is our naivety and ignorance about the function of our own government that allowed us to believe that simply changing the man that sat in the big chair would change the way the entire operation runs, and our willingness to gang up on his efforts and blame him for our own lack of accountability. Our willingness to accept what the news media offers, ludicrous claims against both parties that could easily be disproved by a simple google search, is the basis of our failure as a nation to provide what every other industrialized county in the world provides for its citizens: basic health care. We patrol the world in the name of democracy and human rights, and big business profits. We neglect our own citizens and environment, and our neighbors, friends, families, and children pay the price.

The solution to these problems is not a one-liner. It is not as simple as waiting and hoping for a better President next time. It calls for us to actively lobby, with out letters, our calls, our visits, and our money, for the rights we believe are worth having, both for ourselves and for our neighbors. It beseeches us to throw business interest groups out of Washington, to limit their lobbying rights and resources. Because if you only fight for yourselves, pay for yourselves, and live for yourselves, one day you will find that there is no more room to maneuver, that you are finally and irrevocably living in the proverbial box. In a country with such high political and religious tensions, perhaps we can consolidate the problem with this philosophy into one idea, one tenet that seems to hold true throughout all of the ideological spectrums. Be decent to each other, and work to preserve each others freedoms, even if we can’t always understand the person on the other side of the fence. That’s the best that anyone can do.