So, the past couple of weeks has seen some furious debate over the long-awaited and oft-touted universal health care plan that this country desperately needs. This bill that is being presented, tweaked, re-presented, and re-tweaked is sounding like it’s going to be a disaster. And this I’m gleaning from the very sparse coverage that the bill is receiving. It seems like the media (and the White House) is up for talking about every other distraction in a vain effort to avoid talking about this bill, and instead chooses to focus on things like the latest Republican politician’s affair, or the Cambridge police, Professor Gates, Sergeant Crowley, beer in the White House with the President, and now the neighbor who nobody cares if she’s a racist or not, and other things that are really not worth 15 minutes of air-time, let alone days and weeks of coverage.
In the meantime, all I know about the health care bill being proposed is that it is going to require that everyone get health care coverage. If people fail to insure themselves, they can count on being fined. Great. Do those politicians up on Capitol Hill not realize that people can’t get coverage if they can’t afford it? The 47 million uninsured are uncovered not because they are unsure if health care insurance is a good idea…we are uninsured because we don’t have the financial resources to go out and get it. It’s your job to help us get it…not sit there in your leather chairs and tell us to get it. We already know we need health care insurance. Just because we’re uninsured does not mean we’re stupid. You’re the incredibly bone-headed ones for not coming up with a plan for how to pay for it.
And while Congress is busy telling us the obvious, health care insurance companies are seeing their stocks rise in rapid reaction to what is clearly good news for them. Something tells me we’re going to be seeing a lousy bill passed, pretend like it’s a great solution, and start seeing the repercussions in about 10 years. By then, we’ll be too embroiled in the legislative disaster of that day, and tons of Republicans will say that the universal health care plan is all a disaster because of tax-and-spend liberals, conveniently ignoring the many liberal hearts that are, in ironic actuality, bleeding for the health care insurers and giving us an insure-or-be-fined-or-your-deathbed bill. And where is President Obama in all of this? He is busy rolling over on everything Congress is sending his way. And, the most coherent statements he can make are in regard to the Gates situation…in the middle of a press conference that was supposed to be about health care. Thanks, in advance, for nothing, ye hope-and-change politicians in Congress and the White House!