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Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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Health care reform undecided

We the people of the United States of America need to understand that our fates lie with those who chose to allow more harm than good with indecision and macho-political posturing at the expense of the health and well being of us all.

With the passing of the health care bill on Saturday night, by a close 220 to 215 vote, the Affordable Health Care for America Act now faces an even steeper up-hill battle by the Senate.

Challenges to the health care reform bill stem from a rock-solid Republican stand against the bill as well as a number of moderate Democrats breaking from the efforts of its own party.

In a speech by President Obama, the purpose and importance of the bill is restated, “The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance, quality affordable options for those who don’t and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses and our government while strengthening the financial heath of Medicare.”

It seems that our health care future is firmly in the hands of those who can’t decide which side they’re on.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, one-time Democratic vice presidential nominee who ran with Al Gore has jumped many a fence just to lock the gates on any kind of needed legislature by the very party he once desired to represent as vice president.

His undecided nature lead him to run as a third party candidate under a party known as “Connecticut for Lieberman” listing himself as an Independent Democrat in his re-election bid in 2006. But that failed effort thus lead him to endorse the John McCain/Sara Palin Republican ticket in 2008.

Such whim does not belong in our Senate and should not have a voice for the American populace.

This Independent senator has also made clear his intentions toward the health care plan.

He plans on remaining in-bed with the Republican party to filibuster against the health care bill if it does not amend the language of a government-run public health insurance option.

“If the public option is in there, as a matter of conscience, I will not allow the bill to come to a final vote,” Lieberman said.

Civil servants, such as Leiberman are much too concerned about leaving their own ‘mark’ on the world with no regard of the bruises they leave on the average American life.

America is unhealthy, broke and disillusioned.

We are in desperate need for help by those who can choose to help us, those we elected.

All of this political posturing should never be forgotten when the ball is again in our court come election time.

Joe Leiberman’s pathetic participation in our country’s government should be more than transparent in the eyes of the voters.

And not just Leiberman. But all the funded fat-cats in the Senate and in Congress who don’t seem to mind all of our suffering and anxiety.

Only a healthy America can get out of this mess and compete with a world that doesn’t seem to mind the overall collapse of our country. Only a strong America can succeed.

Young people of today are seeing no other America than the one we have now. This America they’re witnessing is not the prosperous, generous world leading nation I know and remember it as.

This America is plagued by the purely ambitious. By politicians that have forgotten the words of Abraham Lincoln. “A government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

We do need a unified country focused on the overall health and well being of this nation. We need decisions made that will anger those only bent on corporate greed.

Until then, our politicians with their posturing and rhetoric, are simply inking-up the stamp with all of our expiration dates on it.

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