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Passing The Health Reform Bill Is Worth Risking Democratic Majorities In Congress

The Health reform bill passed with 60 votes in the U.S. Senate late last year would extend coverage to most Americans and would block insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

As flawed as the bill may be in some aspects, when will we see something better? It could be decades before we see something better.

Think of the difference it would make in the lives of people not currently covered by health insurance to be able to get health insurance.

The House could pass the bill right now and by so doing make sure that most Americans are covered.

If they feel they must, the House could change at least some portions of the bill. At least some portions of the bill could win Senate approval with just 51 votes by the process known as reconciliation.

Democrats in the House and Senate seem afraid to act because they are worried about the political  consequences of moving ahead.

Beyond the fact that lawmakers might be rewarded by the public for finally acting on this matter, passing the bill would be worth losing Democratic majorities in the House or Senate.

This bill would bring about near universal coverage.  It would help so many people. It is difficult to think of a more important thing that could be done for the American people.

If we can’t count on Democrats to put the needs of others first, then we are out of luck in this society.

I urge the large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress to work this out regardless of the risks.

I urge the large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress to move ahead with the hope that doing the right thing will bring success on Election Day.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Martin Luther King Died Helping Working People

Above is a picture of a City of Houston garbage truck that I took at a Houston Martin Luther King parade two weeks ago.

The truck has a sign noting that Reverend King died while helping striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

We should recall Reverend King died helping average working people just like you and me.

All work has value. All working people merit respect. When you don’t respect working people, it is as if you don’t respect yourself.

The fact that so many people don’t respect themselves helps explain in part why this society is so messed-up.

How can they respect others when they do not respect themselves?

Here is my Martin Luther King Reading  & Reference List. It is the best such resource on the web.

A book about Reverend King in Memphis is Going Down Jericho Road—The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign. This book is by Michael K. Honey.

I can’t include Jericho Road in my King list since I have not yet read the book, but it is well-reviewed.

Here is the Facebook page of the City of Houston Solid Waste Management division.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments