Barack Obama needs to take one step immediately if he wants to move his health care reform through Congress--especially if he is looking eventually to bring a single payer system to the United States.
Put a muzzle on Democratic Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV.
Do not let the West Virginia Democrat whose very name screams Standard Oil riches, and who is also a long-time proponent of health care reform, speak on its behalf.
Rockefeller, a great-grandson of John D., said yesterday during Obama's White House health care summit and facing head-on the prospect that Americans who are accustomed to private care might have to accept--for the good of all Americans, and especially the 47 million currently uninsured--that they will face new limits on the care they can expect. :
"We can't all have everything we want when we want it," Rockefeller said, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. "And it's going to hurt everyone's feelings. But I don't see any other way."
Rockefeller's comments might alarm those who fear they could lose their private insurance and end up waiting for MRIs and open heart surgery and cancer surgery and hip replacements. To those who currently enjoy private health insurance and first-rate, reliable medical care, the comments of Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, might seem, shall will say, a tad out of touch and presumptuous..
Does anyone believe that any member of the Rockefeller family will ever worry about getting the best medical treatment?