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National health care
The recent news that the House and Senate will fail to pass health care legislation before the August recess is incredibly frustrating. The need for comprehensive health care reform remains more apparent than ever, and I cannot help but feel that Washington is unfailingly politicizing an issue that should be anything but.
Furthermore, the GOP’s current media blitz of disinformation and duplicity (government-subsidized euthanasia? Free abortions for all?) is appalling. This isn’t about political opportunism. This isn’t about sniping across the isle. This is about a fundamental quality of life for all Americans. This is about a system that, in its current incarnation, is inexorably broken.
We need massive and substantive health care reform, reform that redresses the fundamental and inequitable distribution of health and medical services in this country. I believe that a federal public option constitutes a dramatic step in the right direction. A public option, besides quickly providing health insurance for millions of currently uninsured Americans, will encourage a form of market competition that will force insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry to suspend their record profits and focus, for the first time in a long time, on the people.