I am very disappointed that Sen. Blanche Lincoln voted against the public option for health care (against all Americans!) and sided with the Republicans again. Or maybe it is the special interest groups from the medical, pharmaceutical and/or insurance industries that pay for her vote that swayed her. Nonetheless, she did not vote for Arkansas or America, she voted for her own personal best interest.
As a devoted Arkansas Democrat and a long time supporter I am saddened that we can no longer count on her to be a Democrat.
If she is worried about Republican opposition in the upcoming election, let me suggest that she worry more about retaining her Democrat Party base. It really will not matter how many Republicans run against her — she will not be able to get her base to vote for her. Better yet that she go ahead be honest and declare herself a Republican and let the Arkansas Democrats offer a real Democrat for office. Ta Da!
In 1948 the United Nations proclaimed that health care was a basic human right. I understand that to mean that every person — rich or poor and in whatever country — has a right to health care. All of the developing countries except the U.S. have adopted some form of universal health care.
Why is that the United States — “the greatest democracy on earth” — chooses to favor the huge insurance companies, who have shown their only interest is in making a profit, over ordinary people when it comes to access to health care.
The single-payer plan adopted by many countries does not mean a “government takeover” of health care, but just a simplified method of paying the bills — all by the government rather than hundreds of different profit-making entities. Just like Medicare!
I have never heard anyone wish they didn't have Medicare!
Why not just extend the benefits of Medicare to everyone? When people compared the costs of Medicare's 4 percent overhead instead of the 30 percent they are now paying they change their tune about the government.
The insurance companies are good at making money I'll bet they can find another way.
Will support Bush
It sounded so exciting to have George W. Bush in Little Rock raising money for his library. Sadly, despite his tax cut, the economy that he left us with has not been kind to me and I just can't make a cash donation right now. I do have a large box of Crayons though and would be happy to donate them to his library if it would help.
Patrick Swayze was a shining star in Hollywood and will be missed by fans from around the world. His brave, public battle with pancreatic cancer provided hope for all those afflicted with this terrible disease.
For nearly two years he beat the odds stacked against him and brought awareness to the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In fact, 76 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is just 5 percent because there are no effective early detection tools or treatments for this disease. Despite these statistics, pancreatic cancer is the least funded among leading cancer killers in our country.
I learned of these alarming statistics when my brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He lost his own battle with the disease six years ago at the age of 31. I find it unacceptable that this cancer still receives little funding for research yet it is one of the cancers with the highest mortality rates. I'm not a doctor, so I don't know if more funding would have made a difference in my brother's case, but I do know it can make a difference with other patients who may be diagnosed.
We must take action to ensure scientific progress is made to give pancreatic cancer patients a fighting chance. We need our members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act so that we will have the necessary funding to make true progress against this disease.
I am a volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I encourage everyone to get involved. To learn how easy it is to make a difference, please visit www.pancan.org.