Obama just keeps on disappointing the people who put him in office in order to institute change. He is unaccountably protecting the telecommunication companies instead of the citizens of this country and continuing the abuses of power that were the stock-in-trade of the Bush Administration, despite his being elected to change this kind of corruption.
He similarly refuses to take a more forceful stand with regard to health care or rein in his Chief of Staff but instead continues to pander to insurance lapdogs like Lieberman instead of encouraging others such as Reid to stand up for the citizens of this country. There is no health care reform without the public option and the health care bill without it is otherwise a trillion-dollar giveaway to the insurance lobby in the form of a mandate. People with conflicts of interest like Lieberman are not looking out for the best interests of the people and can never be relied upon to do the right thing–we need to go to reconciliation and stop trying to please the saboteurs.
It is imperative that Congress approve a public health insurance option because if it doesn’t it will be business-as-usual—high premiums, disqualification based on pre-existing conditions, arbitrary cancellation, and skimpy coverage. There has to be competition introduced into the closed monopoly controlled by the health insurance industry who clearly do not have anyone’s best interests at heart except their own pocketbooks. Do we want to entrust our physical and financial well-being to a special interest group that has literally made its profits off of the suffering of real people who do not get the treatment or care that they need and deserve? We must demand that Congress listen to the actual citizens of this country and not cave in to the health industry lobbyists who are attempting to buy them off. Otherwise, we will be stuck with the broken system that we currently have rather than real reform. Will Obama continue to disappoint or fight for real reform?