It’s simple. It’s not going to happen.
Look at it this way: say you’ve been making tons of money for a very long time. And on top of that you’re receiving an annual raise of thirty percent. Pretty sweet, isn’t it? Then someone comes along who says this isn’t working and that it needs to change.
You’re not going to be very happy, are you? You’re probably going to be pissed-off. Indignant. Even furious. You’re going to do whatever you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen. And if you can flash the kind of bank that health care can, that is quite a bit, indeed.
In a rare display of honesty, our elected representation is showing you where their priorities lie. And it’s not enacting the will of the people. Our fine and noble representation are protecting the interests of those who underwrite their campaigns.
And what of the will of the people you ask? Well, it sounds good in campaign speeches, doesn’t it?
But don’t our representatives and senators have to worry about re-election? Sure. Re-election financing. You’ll have long forgiven or forgotten this sordid episode by the time the next election rolls around, and they know it.
It is this knowledge that emboldens senators like Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to tell her constituency (which happens to be one of the poorest in the United States) that gosh, she just can’t support a public option on this thing. Sorry.
How many millions of dollars have you accepted from the health care lobby, Mary?
Ron Wyden (D-OR) is another. So is Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). And Kent Conrad (D-ND). And Max Baucus (D-MT). When they don’t have health care’s penis in their mouths, they’ll be happy to tell you why they just can’t get behind health care reform. They all have their reasons.
None of them will tell you it’s because their corporate sponsors told them not to.
Put it this way: I stand a better chance of landing the lead in a Broadway musical than the citizenry of the United States does of seeing a meaningful overhaul of our health care system, if only because very wealthy and very powerful businessmen see it as a pay cut. They’re not going to let this happen. Not in 1993. Not in 2009.
In December of 1773, American colonists boarded English ships under cover of night, and in an act that ignited the Revolutionary War, cast the ship’s tea into Boston harbor. The colonists were outraged at having to pay taxes to a monarchy where they had no representation.
Nearly two-hundred thirty-six years later, only the name of the entity collecting the taxes has changed.