According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, the number of deaths that could be prevented if everyone in the United States had adequate access to health care exceeds 100,000. In fact, The United States ranks last among all countries examined in the study. This study flies in the face of those who repeat ad nauseam that everybody, the uninsured included, has access to health care when they need it.
In light of this and of many other undeniable facts about the pitiful state of health care in the United States, the position of Republican politicians and, alas, of too many of their Democratic colleagues who are trying to block meaningful, is literally unconscionable and is analogous to complicity in murder.
If a health care reform bill is passed which is any way weaker than the most desirable of all possible bills, such as one that would cover everyone at affordable prices (with subsidies for those who cannot afford the cost of health care), the blood of Americans whose deaths could have been avoided, had they had timely and effective access to health care, will be on those politicians who have done their best to stop reform in its tracks. Never mind Republicans, they are shills for corporate interests and I would expect nothing else from them. I am referring to congressmen (and women) who are doing the bidding of the health care business, such as Democratic senators Max Baucus (Montana), Dianne Feinstein (California), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Ben Nelson (Nebraska), Ron Wyden (Oregon), Kent Conrad (North Dakota), and Kay Hagan (North Carolina), to mention but a few.
You can call these senators and remind them that the blood Americans will be on their hands if the continue to oppose health care reform that includes a strong public option:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Senator Mary Landrieu (202) 224-5824
Senator Max Baucus (202) 224-2651
Senator Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551
Senator Kay Hagan (202) 224-6342
Senator Kent Conrad (202) 224-2043
Senator Ron Wyden (202) 224-5244