Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kill Bill, or "Failure is Success"

Eric Arthur Blair*, where are you now that we need you?

I just received the following email from OFA:

Fred --

If we don't pass health reform, millions of Americans will be trapped in a broken status quo, unable to pay their bills or see a doctor when they need one.

More and more employers will drop coverage for employees. And Medicare and Medicaid will blow a hole through our budget.

There's too much at stake to not get this done. That's why OFA supporters have made 849,856 calls to Congress in support of health reform since August.

And that's why today, with the Senate locked in last-minute negotiations, our goal is to hit one million calls.

Can you help? Please call your senators now and help us "ring in reform." Then click here to let us know you called.
The only relationship the 2,074 page disaster called the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (or whatever they're calling it today; in any case it's H.R. 3590) bears to "reform" is that it's the kind of school these corrupt bastards in the Senate should be forced to "attend." Oh, and they should take President "Hope and Change" with them. Call my Senators and ask them to help what? "Ring in reform?!?" Ring this, motherfuckers!

It's quite clear that our Democrat-controlled Congress (a wholly owned subsidiary of [fill in the name of a Fortune 500 company - any one will do]) has finally gotten to where it wanted to go all along: so far up corporate America's ass that it can see Dick Armey's feet. The pitched battle between the two parties was all for show, nothing more than drama and posturing to gin up political passion and bring in the Benjamins. How our luckless (D) leaders must envy their (R) counterparts! The (R)s flaunt their egomania and their base laps it up; the (D)s, on the other hand, must fake humility and pretend to be concerned for the hoi polloi**.

What really depresses me, however, is not the all-too predictable behavior of our self-interested elected officials. It's the prospect that, in spite of the fact that the HCR bill is little more than a thinly disguised giveaway to the for-profit health insurance monopolies, OFA will no doubt hit its one million call goal. And that, not all that long ago, I would have been one of the 150,144 that got them there.

*That would be the name what George Orwell's mum and da gave 'im.
**Speaking of pleonasms, yes, I realize that translates to "the the many."