Sadly this debate has brought out the worst side of the jingoistic crowd in our country. The debate has been swallowed by blatant racism, class-ism and xenophobia. A man talks about the success of universal health care in Israel and a woman in the background shouts "Heil Hitler." There seems to be no problem with wearing a loaded gun, even a semi-automatic, to a town hall meeting or even an appearance of the President. People lie about parts of the legislation and use inflammatory language to do it such as "death panel."
The fear that we will support undocumented aliens is an example. We already do that and they are billed twice as much for services as insured patients. When they can't pay... well eventually someone pays.
This is the most un-American time in recent history. We are edging toward giving radical right wing groups real power and supporting independent militia. Scary times.
Does it have anything to do with the fact that there is a black man in the White House? I think it has everything to do with that. Many of these people want to see him fail even at the expense of dismissing real American Values.
They just want to wear us down. Don't let it happen. Continue to support real reform and call your congress person.