Arresting Kids and Elders Who Lobby for Health Care Reform

If you missed this piece by Donna Smith, a community organizer for  the California Nurses Association, earlier in the week, it’s well worth taking the time to read–and take a look at the videos, as well.

If you  doubt for one moment the power of money and its control over whether or not our nation will grant the human right of healthcare to all, just look at who has been arrested speaking up for publicly funded, privately delivered healthcare in the past 90 days.

Frankie, 11, and eight others were arrested in July in Des Moines, IA, as Blue Cross felt a little too much pressure to answer questions about their denials of care and their profits:

In the offices of Senator Diane Feinstein, D-CA, eight senior citizens were arrested in July because they wanted just a few minutes of the Senator’s time — by telephone, not even in person — to make the case for some sanity in healthcare reform.

And we all know about the nurses and doctors and single-payer advocates arrested in the Senate Finance Committee hearings in May. They were asking for a seat at the infamous table where the big boys and girls get to play — err, I mean where the stakeholders who have given enough in campaign contributions get to sit while the health insurance industry, the big pharmaceuticals and the huge for-profit hospital corporations design our reform to make sure their profits grow ever larger and that Frankie in Iowa, the seniors in California, the nurses and docs in DC are silenced by whatever means necessary.

Are we hearing this? Are we seeing it? Are we holding this government, under Barack Obama and his allies in Congress, accountable for arresting 11-year-olds and seniors and nurses and doctors simply because they speak out and ask for their own human rights accountability?

Pro-life? Give me a break. Pro-family? Not hardly. Healthcare as a human right? Nope. We are so far from that point that every one of us ought to be preparing for the time and the issues we hold dear to be targeted and to have its discourse and potential outcomes so orchestrated and controlled that we’ll see ourselves handcuffed and locked away for simply whispering an alternate option.

Read the here on the Progressive Democrats of America web site

One response to “Arresting Kids and Elders Who Lobby for Health Care Reform

  1. Pingback: The Buzz » Blog Archive » Locking Up Kids Who Want Health Care « Unsilent Generation

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