Wednesday, January 13, 2010

healthcare the vote heard 'round the world

Is Massachusetts some root for historical change? Revolutionary legend and lore echoes of the "shot heard 'round the world" at Lexington Green. Next week Massachusetts voters cast not only their vote for US Senate but essentially a proxy vote for current US health care reform legislation, as the critical 60th US Senate vote is at stake.

Outside looking in I see a political version of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

On one hand the White House exposes health insurance companies for attack ads:

“A new report today confirms one of Washington’s worst-kept secrets – that big insurance companies are fighting tooth and nail to kill health reform that will wrest power from their hands and give it to American families. …” White House Exposes Health Insurance Companies On Health Care Reform 

Yet, at the same time with the other pocket …

“…the health lobby is riding to the rescue of the Massachusetts liberal … the host committee for the fundraiser includes lobbyists for Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Novartis, UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and other insurers … lobbyists from America's Health Insurance Plans and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the major trade groups, were on hand too…” Coakley's Saviors: The health-care industry rides to the Democratic rescue 

Turning down the backstretch the race is neck and neck. Martha Coakley (Democrat) leads with 49 percent over Scott Brown (Republican) at 47 percent and Joe Kennedy (Libertarian).

Lobbyists, big money, and national attention aside, Massachusetts was the first State to not only tackle health care reform but experience living with it. While this is their election for their US Senate seat, who better than the people of Massachusetts to cast the first proxy vote on national health care reform.

updated 1/19/2010
Scott Brown (Republican) WINS with 52%, Martha Coakley (Democrat) 47%, and Joe Kennedy (Libertarian) 1%

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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1 comment:

  1. I am hoping Scott Brown win's and is the just the first. Then I am hoping they will finally listen to us. Fix the healthcare problem, not take control of it. better yet, let us decide on how to fix it. People are finally waking up to what is happening.


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