by Andrew Crisp
The group on the Idaho Capitol steps today demands change in the nation's health care status quo.
healthcareforamericanow.org, which organized similar marches across the country today, was emblazoned on professionally done multi-color posters that advocated the need for a national health care plan. Idaho Main Street Alliance, partnered with United Vision for Idaho, to declare that the American system of health care is broken, and needs a fix.
Numerous speakers took the steps above the Liberty Bell replica, including Adrienne Evans, Director of United Vision for Idaho.
"We want real health care. We can achieve that through taxation that's just, and fair. We're advocates of a progressive tax. Did you know that just 2 percent of Idahoans made more than $200,000 last year? I think it's indicative of our priorities [as a state]...We're not working together," she said.
Dave Whaley, President of the AFL-CIO group of labor unions, also spoke in favor of health care reform.
"This country needs to do something new and visionary in regards to health care. If those in Congress won't do that, the people need to voice and vote their opinion when the time comes," he said.
When asked about the Legislature's efforts to combat any US Congress-led health care reform, both Whaley and his wife, who was also in attendance, shook their heads.
"What a waste of money, money that could go into school programs and agencies being cut like IPTV. This idea of opposing the Government publicly and looking foolish...it's time to get beyond that," Whaley said.
The bill, ironically dubbed the Health Freedom Act, passed the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, on a near party-line vote, with only Lewiston Republican Joe Stegner opposing it as "meaningless legislation," according to the Spokesman-Review.