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The following is a letter which was brought to my attention by a member of the ALS community but originally posted on www.freerepublic.com causing a fair amount of contraversy over the internet concerning the health care debate. It was authored by Dr. Zane Pollard, pictured left, who has been published on numerous occasions in medical journals, with over 90 scientific papers to his credit, and operates out of Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta, GA.

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Proposed Congressional health care reform legislation, H.R. 3200, supported by the White House, is currently over a thousand pages in length, knee-deep in legalese, with an annual budget of $104.2 billion. The bloated proportions of this proposed legislation (among other things) has some politicians, bloggers and a cross-section of the American populace up in arms.  With more than a few vocal constituents angrily expressing frustration and concern at town-hall meetings.

Does the excessive length and convoluted language of this particular bill, compounded by the daunting size of its budget,  justify at least some of this concern?

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Humorus representation of msnbc's Chris Matthews

Humorus representation of msnbc's Chris Matthews

 

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, has ceased being a serious network news figure and become the cartoonishly vigilant attack dog of proposed health care reform legislation, currently known as H.R. 3200.

Every time Matthews moderates a segment on this proposed legislation, it follows the same basic format: He’ll typically have two guests, one for and one against, and the dissenter (predictably) is not afforded the professionalism or civility one would expect on a network news program. 

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The various manifestations of legislation detailing a federally funded public option for health care coverage proposed by Congress and the Senate, endorsed by the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration, continues to divide politicians along partisan lines.

Proponents of a public option fundamentally believe that health care in America should not be based on profit and that a single payer system, ie, the federal government pays for everyones health care expenses with tax revenues, should be implemented legislatively, similar to Cuba, Canada and the European Union. Opponents are steadfast in contending that such a system would plunge the government further into debt, and could deal an already ailing economy a fatal blow.

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My Advice To The Networks

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There is strong evidence to support a claim that mainstream American media turns a blind eye to human rights violations committed by U.S. Allies. The civil unrest and subsequent violence in Iran, a country that has long had strained relations with our government, has received extensive network coverage here in the U.S. I find it puzzling that similar incidents in the Middle East, in places like Gaza and the West Bank, do not garner similar exposure on network television.

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Many Americans are under the impression that our government is concerned with improving the fragile state of democracy in Iran. Political pundits combined with slanted network coverage of the civil unrest in Iran is much to blame, in my opinion, for the pervasiveness of this misconception.

A good litmus test for this belief might be to look at some of our Allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and Egypt for example, and see how much criticism is levied by government officials toward our Middle Eastern comrades who have yet to fully embrace democracy.

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