Original Link: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/03/14/opinion/doc4b9c655b18a5b715305351.txt
By MIKE WALSH
I believe the GOP really doesn’t want the American people to have health care.
The reason: Eight years of Reagan, 12 years of Bushes and 20 years of not one health care bill.
How many Americans died in those 20 years? In 2009, 47,000 Americans died and in the next three years, 141,300 Americans will die because of lack of health care. The GOP says health care will cost too much — the Iraq War will cost about $3 trillion when it ends.
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said these famous words: “If we’re able to stop Obama, this will be his Waterloo, it will break him.” Mr. DeMint took $1,194,520 from health care professionals. The American people who will die, this year will be their “Waterloo.” He took his 30 pieces of silver.
Mr. DeMint and the Republican Party want to break the commander in chief of the armed forces of the U.S. in war time. I served in Germany many years ago — his words are an act of treason, he should resign, he is a coward. The Republican Party should be proud of its Benedict Arnold.
Almost 7,000 Marines died and 19,217 were wounded on Iwo Jima. In 2009, 2,300 vets died and in the next three years, 6,600 vets will die due to lack of health care in America. I repeat, in America. In 2008, 4 million vets don’t have health care (non related war injuries). HOW SAD!
A plea to U.S. Sen. John McCain: They were willing to die on the battle field but were not willing to die because of one vote short.
The Vietnam War is called the poor man’s war because the rich kids didn’t go. Reagan wanted to cut mental-health care from the Vietnam vets, tens of thousands committed suicide. Bush and Congress cut $85 billion from vet benefits in 2003 so he could make his second tax cut possible — support our troops — another reason why vets don’t have health care.
Mitt Romney, a future presidential candidate, said his kids served our country by running his campaign. As a vet, this really ticks me off.
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld sent our sons and daughters into Iraq without the proper troop levels, proper equipment. The troops had to go into junk yards to find pieces of steel to weld onto their humvees. So many died, so many were injured. This makes me sick when I think about it.”
U.S. Sens. Lieberman, Snow, Brown, Collins: Congratulations if you kill the health care bill. You will also kill Americans. Your loyalty to your party is more important than your loyalty to your country.
If you care for the American people and the 4 million vets who don’t have health care, call Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541 and tell him to get this bill passed now. Someone once said: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles — it empties today of its strength.”