“There’s a back story to the town meeting protests,” writes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in an 8.14 Huff-post. “The health care industry in America is doing everything it can to stop reform. Incredibly, it has spent $130 million just in the last quarter trying to influence Congress. The Washington Post has reported that $1.4 million a day is being spent by well-paid lobbyists to do everything they can do to stop health care reform. There is a reason, naturally, for that intense opposition.
“Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits. Drug companies in America are charging the American people, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Of course, they don’t want health care reform. Of course, they’ll do everything to try to stop us.
“If what you want is a real debate, let’s have it. Let’s ask why countries around the world have better health care outcomes than we do at half the cost. Let’s ask why we are the only nation in the industrialized world that does not have a national health care program guaranteeing health care for all of their people. Let’s ask why some 60 million Americans, including many with health insurance, do not have access to a physician on a regular basis. Let’s ask why private insurance companies, which pay their CEOs outrageous compensation packages, deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions or refuse to extend their policies when they need it most. Those are the kinds of questions that we ought to be discussing.”