Pardon this strictly US posting (however, what can we learn from you and your nation and what can you learn from our struggle on health care? Looking for more universal items? Plz scroll below or above)
Expect a few more UPDATES so keep coming back...
US Representatives Final Results: here
Interesting Interactive on the Health Care Reform Vote which looks rather rich vs poor in some ways, eh? here
Not over yet in terms of the "fight" for better or the fight again for the worst: here
After the STILL Sick Health Care Reform Bill finally passed (MINUS Public Option)and before more fine-tuning or debates...I will be sending a few items of things we can do in the US right away while the "fire's still hot" to increase the help to those most powerless...
1) UPDATE from Rep. Alan Grayson on Medicare:
In 1968, a ten-year-old boy had to go to the hospital four times a week for treatment. Without that treatment, he had trouble breathing, and he felt like he was suffocating. Because he was suffocating.
His health care was covered by his parents' health insurance. But then they lost their jobs. They were worried about how they would pay the rent. He was worried about whether he would live or die.
How can we let a 10-year-old think about such things? Whether you are Democratic or Republican, left-wing or right-wing, liberal or libertarian, you know in your heart that that's wrong. And it's what you know in your heart, your empathy, that makes you human.
I was that 10-year-old boy. And I haven't forgotten.
That's why I support universal, comprehensive and affordable health care for all American. For you. For me. And for sure, for my five young children, and yours, too. The supposed "sins" of joblessness, homelessness and poverty, those "sins" of the parents, should never descend on the children.
I'm fighting for a decent life for all, especially our children. That's why I voted yes on today's health care reform bill. It's an historic first step. Historic.
But we're not done. The framework for a comprehensive health care system is in place. Now we must finish the job.
Our Medicare You Can Buy Into Act now has over 80 cosponsors in the House and over 40,000 citizen cosponsors at WeWantMedicare.com. It's a simple bill, to let you and me buy into Medicare. You want it, you buy it, you got it.
Let's do it,
Rep. Alan Grayson
EARLIER and still appropos information on this IMPORTANT PETITION: Congressman Alan Grayson is calling on Speaker Pelosi to allow for a vote on his bill to allow for Americans to buy into Medicare. Medicare is efficient, effective health care and every American should have the choice of buying into it! here Find plenty more on this petition, which is now up to 40,085 plus as of Sunday pm ET. What could hurt to sign in on this one even as THE VOTE to decide our US health care reform system or no is right now in process of happening?
Let's also continue to support Grayson along with Elaine Marshall at least on Health Care reform?
2) Plz answer this petition from ELAINE MARSHALL and encourage her run for SENATE: here
There may be more items at TheHill.com regarding those who voted which way and why?Fax: (202) 225-1765
(Perhaps even AFTER VOTE - whatever the vote is), we may want to keep talking with those who were thoughtful enough to be undecided or to not vote for reasons of integrity (when abortion was thought to be paid for by federal gov. may be the only possibly unselfish reason I personally have seen yet maybe I've missed something?)
We need to keep pushing anyone with ears to hear to seek MUCH BETTER Options down the road. Personally, although the issue is MUCH more complicated than both "sides" often show it to be. I am glad for the modification on abortion - and we need to find some way to respect both those who don't want to be careless with life and death issues. (such as those who ultimately believe in "consistent life" ethic of whom I'm one on the ideal level). AT same time we need to respect that PREVENTION is in dire need and that there are some occasions where it's NOT criminal nor unethical to save a mother's life nor for someone raped to choose to abort and others to choose not. More on these multiple factors on abortion at a different time.
The following is from earlier posting and I will leave this for now and exchange for more current items later.
How can there be One Heart for Peace without Health Fairness?
YES! Magazine - Health Care for All and why Canadians are healthier
Retrieved March 15, 2010, from YES! Magazine Web site: here Powerful ideas, practical actions — YES! Magazine -
Universal Health Care IS Possible in the U.S. (notice how so many difficult issues be presented with such positive energy and why older articles are still relevant!)
One of my favorite Journalists: Scott Galindez (of TruthOut) on why there are more votes for Public Health Care Option then will and how we might be able to turn the table with readersupportednews dot org here
Portrait, Robert Reich, 08/16/09. (photo: Perian Flaherty) (hey, readers, don't you love Reich's portrait? Connie)
Health Care 2010 and 1994 and the Political Lessons of History By Robert Reich, Robert Reichs Blog here By Robert Reich
Is DENNIS Holding Out? What happened on Air Force One?
I often go to Dennis Kucinich's website or other articles by him because more than perhaps any other congress person he has done his congressional homework with integrity and stood alone plenty of times without caving in (the marks of a great leader - future president?)...so we'll see what happens here...
Obama Brings Dennis Kucinich On Air Force One for Health Care Speech (Is Dennis the only progressive holdout?) here and see article at Huff Post: here
(My secret hope is that while riding in that Air Force One plane Dennis was able to speak strong words of deep effectiveness to Obama also on Torture, Renditions, War and the Rule of Law. Who else might?)
Finally, keep watching Common Dreams dot org, The Kucinich blog and see Steve Livingston on FACEBOOK and at The Global Report for his astute comments and anaylsis with reference:
All but the top was Published on Monday, March 15, 2010 by The Hill: Move on Student Loans Could Win Healthcare Votes, House Dems Say By Jeffrey Young