After much hemming and hawing, the "great compromise" that was released by The Gang of Six contains very little that will help the American people... unless you are an insurance or health care company executive or major shareholder.
Naturally, the measure contains no Public Option (that would be socialism!), but instead is a ridiculous pandering to the industries that have donated $3.97 million to Max Baucus's campaign coffers.
Yeah, you read that right. Damned near 4 million simoleans.
So - we know where Baucus is. It's no secret. He's owned by the insurance and health care industries.
For some unknown reason, many Democrats (and I'm not talking about Blue Dogs) believe that by capitulating to the GOP, they'll wind up with a "bipartisan" measure that the Republicans will support... except they won't for it anyway.
So - what's the big deal?
Why the "hurry" on health care (and health insurance) reform?
How about this:
Damn near 45,000 people die every year in America (one every twelve minutes), in large part because they have no health insurance and therefore cannot get good health care.
I didn't make that up.
An analysis released by Harvard Medical School on September 17 said that.
Nevermind Max Baucus.
Alaskans should ask Senator Lisa Murkowski what ever happened to her compassion? Why is she so willing to march lock-step with the GOP on this issue?
While you're at it, ask Senator Mark Begich where he stands. He's already aligned himself with a number of Blue Dogs on other issues, will he go to the mat for a decent health care package?
My advice is to not waste any time asking Congressman Don Young anything. His answers will just make your head hurt.