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July 4th and a Health Care Plan with a Public Option

constitution.thumbnail.jpgListening to many of the members of Congress talk about health care makes me ask one question: do any of them remember the preamble to the Constitution?

We, the People of the United States of America,

  • in order to form a more perfect union,
  • establish justice,
  • insure domestic tranquility,
  • provide for the common defense, 
  • promote the general welfare, and
  • secure the blessings of liberty to our selves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.

A public health care plan that is available to all on day one and is accountable to Congress sounds to me as if it falls under the rubric "promote the general welfare."

Happy 4th, everyone — and come Monday, some patriotic phone calls to encourage them to pledge to stop any bill that does not have a plan like that are definitely in order.

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July 4th and a Health Care Plan with a Public Option

1508177319_1a1dcc5005_m.jpgListening to many of the members of Congress talk about health care makes me ask one question: do any of them remember the preamble to the Constitution?

We, the People of the United States of America,

  • in order to form a more perfect union,
  • establish justice,
  • insure domestic tranquility,
  • provide for the common defense, 
  • promote the general welfare, and
  • secure the blessings of liberty to our selves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.

A public health care plan that is available to all on day one and is accountable to Congress sounds to me as if it falls under the rubric "promote the general welfare."

Happy 4th, everyone — and come Monday, some patriotic phone calls to encourage them to pledge to stop any bill that does not have a plan like that are definitely in order.

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Peterr

I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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