I'm mad as hell, so I'm going to lash out at everybody!

This seems to be the prevailing opinion in the country today. Everybody seems to be mad. Everyone seems to be on edge. The government is to blame. Conservatives are to blame. Independents are too fickle. Democrats are too liberal. We’ve heard every explanation under the sun. In my opinion, some of the explanations are simply outlandish and others miss the point entirely. The bottom line, as I see it, is that people are working hard and getting less and less in their take-home pay. Whatever monies they make cover less and less. This is the problem.

One of the more misguided efforts to fix our problems is an organization called Get Out Of Our House. Their plan is to simply replace every member of Congress. Of course, this idea has been embraced by FOX News (see video.)

It is hard to explain just how misguided this effort is. What makes every member of Congress inherently bad? Were they bad before they were elected to Congress? If so, how do we fix the election process so that we elect “good” people? On the other hand, could it be possible that “good people” were elected to Congress and then became bad after the election? None of these questions are asked by this organization. Of course, they don’t answer the questions either. It seems to me that you would need to at least investigate these questions before jumping to the conclusion that you need to replace everybody.

In my opinion, corporate influence over policy has increased over the last 30 years. If we look at the explosion in the number of lobbyists, this would suggest that corporations are paying more attention than individuals to what is going on in Congress. This may be the place to start. How do we decrease corporate influence over our political process? How do we make our elected representatives more responsible to the people instead of to our corporations? This is the fundamental question is facing America today. Let’s thoughtfully fix this problem. Lashing out in a fruitless effort to replaced everyone is foolhardy, to say the least.

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  1. Democrats want to pass a bill, any bill, just to save face.

    It’s 2AM and closing time, and anything looks good to them.

    ‘loopholes to allow illegals access to publicly paid healthcare’ SURE!

    ‘massive fines and/or jail time for uninsured citizens’ SURE!

    ‘tax on health care benefits’ SURE!

    ‘unconstitutional mandate to buy a private product’ SURE!

    ‘no repeal of the regulatory exemption for self insured plans’ SURE!

    ‘cuts in Medicare’ SURE!

  2. I’m sorry you don’t like healthcare reform. I’m not sure if you work for an insurance company like my friend Bud or maybe you work for a drug company. Maybe you are rich and don’t need health insurance. 

    What new ideas have been concerned? Nothing. Everything has been debated and discussed before. What’s new? 

  3. Dr Thompson wrote:

    “I’m sorry you don’t like healthcare reform”

    Dr Thompson, please try to be more honest in your responses.

    It’s not that Independents like myself, or Republicans ‘dont like healthcare reform’.

    It’s that we disagree on ‘how’ and ‘what’ should be done.

    You know that.

    Quit pretending that only the Democratic plan is reform.

    No, I’m not rich. I’m ‘below the line’ most years as a matter of fact. And I buy my own insurance. I know it can be done.

    The Census Bureau figures that Democrats use when talking about 47 million uninsured  www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-236.pdf show that over 17 million of those make in excess of 50 grand.

    Don’t tell me they cant afford it. I don’t believe it because I know better. They may have to cancel the cable TV and drive a less than new car. They may have to cancel the trip to Disneyland or not buy the $150 basketball shoes. But which is more important?

    9.5 million more of them aren’t even US citizens.

    13 million make less than 25 grand and so most of those probably ALREADY qualify for Medicaid.

    Dr Thompson wrote:

    “Everything has been debated and discussed before. What’s new?”

    Yes, I know. We have discussed these figures before, but you continue to ignore the figures and spew Democrat talking points and accuse others of ‘not caring about healthcare reform’.

    Please unchain your mind from the Democrat wheel for a moment and think about ‘how many US citizens really are in crisis? Is it really 47 million US citizens as the Democratic politicians want me to believe?’

    No, I don’t work for an insurance company, drug company or any health related company. And it wouldn’t matter if I did, because the numbers are still what they are.

    Please study the numbers and quit making false accusations about who cares and who doesn’t.

    I really expect better from you, Dr Thompson.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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