HR 3962 Passes After Generations of Americans Ignored

Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962.  It’s being touted as a major step forward but for those who support Single Payer, it is anything but.
From the house floor, Speaker House Nancy Pelosi called the passing of H.R. 3962, “an historic moment for our nation”.  She went on to say, “For generations the American people have called for affordable quality healthcare for their families.”
For Generations!!  From the house floor she asserts that the people of this country have been calling for reform for generations!!
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t oppose the passing of this bill. I think something is better than nothing and what the Dems did is certainly a far cry from  what the Repubs proposed.  But when the speaker openly acknowledges that the people’s will has been ignored for generations, I just want to scream.
If the people have been calling for this for generations and didn’t get it, then who the heck is congress working for?  This is the question we should all be asking.

Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962.  It’s being touted as a major step forward but for those who support Single Payer, it is anything but.

From the house floor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the passing of H.R. 3962, “an historic moment for our nation”.  She went on to say, “For generations the American people have called for affordable quality healthcare for their families.”

For Generations!!  From the house floor she asserted that the people of this country have been calling for reform for generations!!  *&%#@!

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t oppose the passing of this bill. I think something is better than nothing and what the Democrats did is certainly a far cry from what the Republicans proposed.  But when the speaker openly acknowledges that the people’s will has been ignored for generations, I just want to scream, *&%#@!.

healthcare rallyIf the people have been calling for this for generations and didn’t get it, then who the heck is congress working for?  This is the question we should all be asking.

Learn more about this legislation and congress.  Go to OpenCongress.org.

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  1. Robert Xicano Olivarez says

    Do you have health insurance?

    I’ve been battling infections in my legs all summer long due to them swelling with fluid daily, they become a magnet for infections.

    I spent my 4th of July weekend in the hospital. After I came out from the hospital, I had no doctor besides a clinic I see when I get a chance and rarely has a same month appointment. That is hard for a diabetic for me…

    I try to contribute to my community and be if service, as well as being an activist for LGBT and Latino issues. And yes I feel Healthcare Reform to be both a Latino and LGBT issues.

    When I couldn’t get an appointment recently, and I saw my legs swelling to almost double their size, feeling hot, and red with infection raging back I could only think is that I cant keep racking up $30,000 hospital bills I cannot possibly afford to pay back soon. And I felt fear about losing my legs. So after securing an appointment for a couple of weeks in the future from a private doctor on a cash pay basis, I went to the local pet store for treatment.

    You see, when I was a kid, I had an aquarium and I remembered that pet stores sell antibiotics for fish! Save face or save my ass? Or more importantly save my legs? I bought fish antibiotics, poured the doses into toilet paper and made my own capsules and I took those antibiotics until I was able to see the doctor. For weeks after I felt shame, but today I feel gratitude.

    I have a healthy dose of that audacity of hope… I have hope that if we support and put positive yet firm pressure on our Congresspeople and our President, that they will turn things around. President Obama didn’t create this mess and he doesn’t have magic wands. But in these first 9 months, he has already done more any Republican president has done to help us. Maybe not s fast and as much as we’d like, but he is helping us on many levels, not just LGBT legislation but moving healthcare reform through Congress and helping our economy slow turn around.

    All I am saying is this healthcare bill is not perfect but it is far better than what exists now. Healthcare reform is a start… we can only continue to work to reform healthcare and make it better for all of us… Maybe I won’t have to take pet store antibiotics while I pray to God for my legs to be OK…

    Regards,

    Robert Olivarez

  2. says

    You have simply stated in such a perfect way why progressives are so FRUSTRATED.

    This bill is an affirmation that our leaders work for corporations and not the people.

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