Before the forum begins, we here at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas are having a discussion on some of the issues important minorities in America.
The lack of the elephant in the room is so obvious it was the first topic of discussion with a firm hope that this is discussed nationally.
Turn out this discussion is very low compared to the one in June for the Democrats.
The belief in this room is that the Republicans have abandoned American’s of color.
Some comments on health care:
“Health care is this country is based on who has money.”
“The cost of health care is a part of the collapse of the mortgage industry.”
“If you are poor in this country, you are likely to of color.”
“Stop making health access based on money, make it be based on need.”
“Even though Texas has the highest percentage of children without insurance, the state kicked 200,000 kids off the CHIP roles.”
“You can’t get to the answer by increasing insurance. It’s the catastrophic cost of health care.”
“We don’t have enough dialog on the subject.”
“We need to have a national conversation on health care.”
“Why is health care so expensive?”
It’s expensive because it is already a business. Many want to privatize health care. But, the truth is that the business paradigm is already controlling health care. For example, pharmaceutical companies are developing drugs so that they can make money, not necessarily to cure or prevent the disease.
Criminal Justice System
“I’m tired of being told that because of my color, my ideas are not important.”
“Why is acceptable to have six killings of blacks in the last five years?”
“It’s the community’s job to keep the police in check.”