Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: Truth + Value vs. Lies + Hate

by Face Book Supporter Val McCall

Some folks may remember the incredible duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell that for two years (1967-1969) delighted us with their soulful tunes, especially "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

The 1960's are often referred to as radical, tumultuous, chaotic. It was a time of change in all aspects of life, beginning with an inner revolution to remove those things that were holding us back and lacked humanity. We cried out for "the real thing" and there was "no mountain high enough" to keep us from achieving racial and gender equality, freedom of speech and press, the right to assemble, equal pay, the right to equal and quality education (segregated schools continued in parts of the south right up to 1972), preserving our planet, and seek love not war.

We challenged the status quo on every front, especially our youth who dared to be different in every way. It was fashionable to be considered a "non-conformist" by not adhering to conventional ways. Young men refused to go to war, many burning their military draft cards in defiance (remember the draft -- one did not volunteer, one was enlisted and that was that). Young women sought equality in society and in the work place by launching the Women's Liberation Movement. Many burned their bras as in an act of defiance (at least those with a source of income that would allow them to readily replace same).

We sought out leaders current and past whose ideology professed the kind of change that we so hungered for. We reached out to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Henry David Thoreau. The mantra of the day was civil disobedience, was dare to be different, was be an individual and rekindle your dreams, was be the change you wish to see. It was a revolution, no doubt. And in the midst of it all was some of the greatest music ever that lightened our hearts and kept us moving forward.

We did it all without Twitter, without Face Book. We managed to organize, especially in our churches and places of worship that became the center for hearing the truth, the facts and for encouragement that at the end of the long journey, truth, righteousness and justice will prevail.

We sought truth and humanity. Not lies and hate. We sought civil discourse and debate not angry mobs and violence.

Once again, change is happening and we find ourselves at another crossroad -- universal, quality health care for all with a strong public option (to keep those pesky insurance companies leaning toward the honest side of the aisle) that will go a long way to fixing our economy vs. insurance companies and their lobbyists who want to continue to take our money and yank treatment coverage when we need it because the treatment is too expensive. A vicious cycle and we have the tremendous fortune and opportunity of breaking that cycle and creating something of value for all.

So what should we be doing? Seek the the truth and stop listening to hate mongers and lies. Once we find the truth -- don't covet it, share it with everyone we can. Go to the source and read the facts. Those who tell the lies and spread the fear are counting on the average American to NOT read the facts. They have built an entire platform and strategy based on their belief that for the most part, no one will take the time to go to and select their state and read the facts on how this administration's proposed health care reform will improve conditions in their state and for them.

Who are the "they?" Follow the money. Who is it that are making decisions on our health treatment -- the insurance companies. Who do we pay month after month, historically high premiums only to receive fewer and fewer services. Imagine how many folks pay monthly insurance premiums through a joint payment plan with their employer (or of their own accord) for years and then when we need coverage to pay for life saving treatment, we are more than likely denied. What happened to all that money? Where did it go? Who is benefiting from all those premium payments? We might as well have stowed our premium funds in a mattress and created our own rainy day health care fund. At least we would reap the benefits of same.

Those who spread the lies and hate are counting on us to take them at face value without question. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (most likely generated from those premium payments that far too many of us do not get the benefit of) on research into our fears, our habits, our weaknesses and then they use those to bate us into believing them. We are subjected to all manner of tricks of the trade, i.e., race, Hitler, fear of the unknown; they have more money and power than we do so they must be right; they mailed out a glossy, colorful postcard; they are dressed up in a business suit (like a used car salesman) or profess to be a religious person and a true family person, or just an average person like you and me (but with paid actors), or a true American (even though this country was founded by people from everywhere else and is considered a melting pot of cultures); or they look like those who have been in power for centuries, i.e., they are not a "minority" but a "majority," therefore, they must be right because they are ...

It's time to peel the onion. It is time to remove all items from the table except the facts. Here are the facts about national health insurance reform and how it will benefit Connecticut citizens:
Stable and Secure Health Care for Connecticut
How Health Insurance Reform will Benefit Connecticut


* Ending the Hidden Tax – Saving You Money: Right now, providers in Connecticut lose over $383 million in bad debt which often gets passed along to families in the form of a hidden premium “tax”.1 Health insurance reform will tackle this financial burden by improving our health care system and covering the uninsured, allowing the 34 hospitals2 and the 15,257 physicians3 in Connecticut to better care for their patients.

* Health Insurance Premium Relief: Premiums for residents of Connecticut have risen 98% since 2000.4 Through health insurance reform, 274,200 to 332,600 middle class Connecticut residents will be eligible for premium credits to ease the burden of these high costs.5

* Strengthening Small Businesses: 56,659 employers in Connecticut are small businesses.6 With tax credits and a health insurance exchange where they can shop for health plans, insurance coverage will become more affordable for them.

* Reforms that Reduce Your Costs: Under health insurance reform, insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive. Insurance companies will also have to abide by yearly limits on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses, helping 36,400 households in Connecticut struggling under the burden of high health care expenses.7
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