I am not a Kennedy fan. I do appreciate his fight for the poor- which I think he saw as a family legacy. I do not appreciate that he found a way to get his marriage annulled or fought for abortion rights. I appreciate that his family came out to greet those who stood in line to pass the casket. I would probably stand out to witness my own Senator's passing. I think the entire Kennedy thing is simply an acknowledgement to the country's need for sensational news. Where are the pictures of the soldiers dying in Afghanistan? Oh yes, those are people who CHOSE to serve their country- so they are not worthy of our eyes.
I was on another board taht I read often and the topic was a family who has $8000 in debt over lots of small medical bill and $320. a month in medication ( They still paid $145 a month in insurance). The family made $50,000 a year - but were struggling. This was my favorite reply:
"Geoff Says: August 28th, 2009 at 6:28 am
And you crazy Americans still are protesting about health care reforms!!! So what happens now if you get sick and you can’t afford it?
The Australian system with an English NHS style ‘free’ minimum cover (at a cost of 1.5% tax on salary) for everybody, but still with a very active Medical Insurance industry. If you earn over a certain amount and do not take out insurance, the government taxes you roughly the equivalent cost of health insurance - stopping the ‘free’ service from getting too overcrowded.
Most people from the rest of the world cannot understand the heartless approach to your health care system, but then cannot comprehend why people are protesting so much about changing it."
Couldn't have been said better!