From the economic stimulus package to Bobama, the Portuguese water dog, Democrats have effectively controlled the national media message since the 2008 election. However, using a textbook disruption strategy, the Republicans have managed to retake control of the national healthcare debate. The best response we’ve had from the White House to date has been a distraction strategy that used a trip to Martha’s Vineyard to give the press something else to talk about – back to the Portuguese Water Dog.
Sadly, the Republicans fear-based message is working and, on healthcare, people have become more afraid of their own government than they are of the insurance companies.
So, we have a Congress and Senate that are probably not even going to pass a half-measure, watered down public option and a white house that is trying to figure out an exit strategy from the entire healthcare discussion before they figure out an exit strategy from Iraq. Pragmatism, also known as the “politics of no,” has replaced the politics of “yes we can.”
Instead of a “distraction strategy” or “water it down strategy” I think we need to let the new “deciders” know that the American people want the change we were promised.
For those of you passionate about change; specifically, change in our healthcare system, there are several important things you can do:
2) Attend a local vigil being held in St Charles , Illinois . It is an opportunity to show the president and our elected official that we want the change we were promised.
What: Healthcare vigil – St. Charles , IL
Where: St. Charles Bridge on Rt. 64
When: Sept. 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
3) Stay tuned. Bill Foster ducked the responsibility of holding public healthcare town hall meetings. I believe that residents who care about this issue should have a forum to express their concerns. I want to know if you would like us to schedule a healthcare town hall meeting here in Illinois ’ 14th district to outline the benefits of a single-payer system.