2009-08-28 / Letters

The Real Issue With Obama's Health Care Plans

Dear Editor,

There's lots of talk about the flaws in Obama's health care plans; people calling it communist, assailing it as an elimination of human freedom, etc. But honestly, what's the problem?

Insurance companies have ethics panels that determine if end-of-life procedures are worth the cost. Republicans don't call those "death panels." Insurance companies limit which expensive medicines are available to their customers, but Republicans don't call that "health care rationing." Then Obama talks of limiting reimbursements in order to cut costs, and opponents call such measures a travesty. It's well understood that insurance companies cut costs by shedding patients who make claims. For some reason, when they do this, we are to believe it is justified. Only Obama's plans get the inflammatory labels.

These folks are not angry about health care. They are not upset that the next time they apply for health insurance, a government program will appear in the list of options. After all, do these people protest that their children can apply for government school grants as well as private grants? Are they appalled that if they apply for a business loan, they'll see a mixture of government loan options and private foundations? No, the problem they have is with Obama himself, with the color of his skin. Everything in their cultural makeup tells them that they will not allow themselves to be ruled by a black man. That's the reason for the shouting

Letters and the spitting and the gun-toting. These people are still back in 1963, blocking school entrances. They've never given up, and even though the Obama election handed them the ultimate insult to their belief that white people are better, don't expect them to give up now. Indeed, gun store owners will tell you that the reason why gun ownership has skyrocketed is the simple existence of a President Obama. And the day after someone in the mob finally takes a shot at the President, the others will cry in front of the cameras that the private arsenals in their closets are in no way responsible for it.

So what do we do about these vigilantes? Simple. What would we do about them if they were of Middle Eastern descent? What would we do if their leaders were named Mohammad and Jamal, rather than Bud and Joe? I'm sure America would be responding much more forcefully right now, if that were the case. We should do the same with this crowd.

CHERRY JIMENEZ

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