It's not an idle threat to tell everyone that they won't have health insurance in ten years without reform. That's why the insurance industry, while fighting anything that drains their profits, supports reform.
We will not be able to meet President Obama's pledge to be the "last President" to tackle health care reform unless allowing people to choose a publicly sponsored health insurance program is part of the final bill.
Whose plan gets my nod, for bipartisan reality and feasibility, to save and improve our unique, innovative American health care system and not saddle our country with unsustainable debt? I vote for Senator Max Baucus.
My favorite outrageous lie about health care reform is the "gay conspiracy", whereby reform will not only put our elderly out to float on icebergs, but adorn those icebergs with men in leather chaps and feather boas.
Just imagine that we paid for housecleaning the way we pay for health care -- by load of laundry, for example. And that homeowners weren't generally responsible for the costs. It would change everything.
We can do no less than to get out there and push back if we are to begin to get the kind of health services we've been denied while insurance and HMO executives have taken home disgracefully bloated paychecks.