Health Care pt. 2

In reading about the new health care reform, it doesn’t seem like the controversy is so much over whether all people deserve access to (affordable & fair) health care but rather how much that access costs and who pays for it.

Clearly there are a lot of conflicting numbers and ideas about the cost of medical coverage and I suppose we’ll just have to see if we really can afford it.  (At this point, can we really afford anything?  We’re trillions of dollars in debt.)

Maybe we can’t.  I’m inclined to think Obama was so keen on health care reform because he campaigned on it and once he started pushing for it in office, he just kept going since everybody says that health care reform only gets a shot every 20 years.  Rahm: “Are you sure this is a good idea, ‘Rack?”  Obama: “Well, can’t back down now!  Let’s get a beer!”

Even so, I really believe that Democrats pushed so hard for it because they believe in the legislation.  Because they’re actually doing their jobs–looking out for the interests/health/security of their citizens. The way I see it, it’s just a matter of the legislation being effective and financially feasible.

Frankly I really don’t care what percentage of Americans are supposedly opposed to health care reform.  How many of those people actually know what they’re talking about?  Democracy schmemocracy. I’d rather have people smarter than me running my country than people who are stupid enough to listen to my opinion. Congress, Americans have x,y, and z problems.  You figure out the best way to fix it cause I sure as hell have no clue!

Go home, protesters! I know the bill threatens your American-ness, but guess what? “American-ness” is a pretty fluid, inconstant idea. And also, maybe no one told you, but the government has been helping us out for quite some time.


Just one more thing. I would like to say a big “SHUT UP” to the people who are calling this bill the Democrats’ death sentence.  Last time I checked, we preferred our elected officials NOT to make their decisions based on their chances of reelection.  Shouldn’t we be happy that the party acted on its principles? Shouldn’t all legislation be worthwhile enough to take that risk? At least if the GOP takes over come November the Dems will have taken advantage of their majority.  That’s what it’s for, isn’t it?

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  1. Jack

    The thing is, the Democrats have actually been criticized for NOT pushing this enough. Supposedly they have been trying to toe the partisan line and make “concessions” in order to bring everyone together in one more or less happy family–in order, I should think, to become more popular and get reelected. Of course the ironic thing is, then, that they are losing their majority because this strategy has led to them being ineffectual, taking forever to get this health care thing through.

    I get where you’re coming from about people with their opinions. The fact is, a lot of people on both sides don’t really know what they’re talking about–someone has told them what to believe and they have unscrupulously latched onto it. From what I’ve heard (in multiple sources) it seems to me that the so-called “controversy” actually stems from the wealthy, and therefore powerful, insurance giants using politicians to talk a lot of people into believing erroneous things. I actually don’t blame the tea-partyers too much–the only thing they are guilty of is trusting a source that wants them to feel a certain way for its own gain.

    Of course, I wonder who stands to benefit from my feeling that way…

  2. Jon A

    You make it sound like the anti-health care people were more misinformed than the pro-. I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that… and anecdotally, it seems that most people on both sides had no idea what this bill entails. Many people I know who were pro-reform thought this was something like nationalized health care, and were surprised to find out that they would be forced to buy health insurance from the private insurance companies.

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