08/18/09 — Squeaky wheel: If you feel strongly, don't wait to talk about health care

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Squeaky wheel: If you feel strongly, don't wait to talk about health care

There has been a lot of talk lately about the "unruly mobs" who have been flooding local town meetings across the country to rally against the proposed health care reform.

And, as usual, because it is making some congressmen and women very uncomfortable to have their constituents expressing their opinions instead of rubber-stamping Congress' decisions, there have been some pretty horrible -- and inaccurate -- comparisons made.

The vocal crowds have been accused of everything from Nazism and resembling protests by the Ku Klux Klan to just plain disrupting for disruption's sake.

But despite the insults, angry citizens seem to have already had a limited effect on the proceedings. The Obama administration is now beginning to relent a bit on some of its plans for government-controlled health care -- although not enough to satisfy anyone that the danger is over.

So, what do you do if you are one of the millions of Americans who is terrified and angry about the move toward socialized medicine, as well as the other moves made by the current administration that suggest a whole new America?

Should you back down and wait to see what happens next?

No way. Not if you want to make sure that the only health care reform that comes about this year is a cut in the benefits lawmakers will receive.

The town meetings that have been set up all around the country are full of angry citizens because this health care reform proposal seems like a snow job. No one can understand it, and there are little gems of stupidity and ulterior motive buried throughout its 1,018 pages.

Now is the time to speak up -- while congressmen and women around the country are asking for your opinion.

And make sure you speak any way you want if you get the chance. After all, this is your country and your family's future.

Published in Editorials on August 18, 2009 10:19 AM