by Randolph T. Holhut
American Reporter Correspondent
August 24, 2009
WHEN WILL OBAMA START FIGHTING FOR REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM?
BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Aug. 23, 2009 -- -More than 230,000 cases of the HIN! swine flu have been confirmed world wide. About 2,100 persons have died. As much as one-fourth of America's workforce an 2 billion of the world's population may be infected by the new swine flu when it peaks in Winter, according to studies conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, respectively.
CDC scientists isolated and developed the seed strain of swine flu of the H1N1 variety. Working furiously to manufacture the vaccine are five major drug companies, which received about $1.8 billion in federal funding to produce the anti-virus. Leading the testing, analyses, and education campaigns about the swine flu, in addition to the CDC, are the U.S. Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Federal Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in addition to the Department of Health and Human Services, which developed the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza protection.
Testing of the vaccines on human subjects is being done at eight major U.S. universities and hospitals, all of which received federal funding. The federal government is also providing about $260 million in grants to state health departments to give the vaccine at no charge to people who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccinations.
In several European countries, which are producing about 70 percent of all vaccines for a worldwide population, most research and production is being funded and carried out by government agencies.
But if you listen to the multi-millionaire conservative bloviators of talk radio and Fox News, or the shrill screeching of a minority of tea-baggers and conservatives at dozens of town hall meetings, you hear one theme. These right-wing loonies say they don't want the government involved in health care. No government. Get government out of their lives. Government is evil! The well-orchestrated campaign against health care reform focuses upon shouting down any attempt by members of Congress to present the truth about health care bills. Apparently, they believe the health care crisis is a sporting contest, in which whoever shouts the loudest to drown out everyone else gets the most points.
If these harpies of the right are all-so-determined to stop universal health care, if they don't want the government in health care, then I have a couple of suggestions.
First, because the tea-baggers scream "socialist" at anything they don't approve, they should refuse to accept Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare when eligible. If they're veterans, they should refuse any VA medical programs, reject any disability income and turn down in-home bursing care.
Next, when the H1N1 vaccines are ready for distribution later this Fall, the opponents of health care reform should refuse to be vaccinated. That's right. They need to stand by their principles, and not get the vaccines. After all, by their bastardized strain of logic, anything with a government stamp on health care must be suspect. They may even believe the massive public education campaign by the federal government is just a scare tactic, that the vaccines primarily researched, tested, and funded by the federal government - may even be part of a secret conspiracy by the federal government to control Americans' minds and make everyone Communists.
Nevertheless, whatever their beliefs, when the swine flu vaccine is ready, the opponents of the "intrusion" of the federal government into health care just need to say "No!" But don't say "no" for the rest of us.
Walter M. Brasch is the author of 17 books, winner of a USA Book News award, and a finalist in the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group awards. His weekly column won 2009 contests of the Pennsylvania Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or his">http://www.walterbrasch.com/>his Website.