Nobody’s read the health care bill, but we all know we’re screwed


Chances are nobody reading this post has read even one single page of President Obama’s proposed health care legislation, and that includes me. And chances are that everyone reading this post has been to the doctor at least once and therefore has some sort of relationship with the current health care system.

And, I’m willing to bet, chances are that most folks reading this post aren’t too thrilled with their current relationship with the health care system. Whether that dissatisfaction is because your health care provider costs too damned much, because you can’t get the doctor you want, or because the only way you’re getting any care at all is via the emergency room, the fact remains that there are boatloads more reasons for detesting the current health care system than for giving it a wink and a thumbs-up.

In other words, none of us needs to read a 1,000-plus page health care bill to know we need a better plan than what we’ve got right now. Whether or not you think President Obama’s plan is the way to go depends pretty much on where you get your news, how much credibility you give the news you get, and how much you trust President Obama and all the other politicians sounding off about what could potentially become the largest, most significant domestic policy initiative ever enacted in many of our lifetimes. Matter of fact, unless you were around during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time, I think it’s safe to say this will be THE biggest domestic initiative ever enacted during your lifetime up to this point if it goes through.

Since I happen to be one of those who trusts Obama, and who has no love for our current health care system, I’m saying this woolly mammoth of a bill has got to successfully make it’s way through the political gauntlet of Congress to enactment.  Once it finally reaches the finish line the new health care legislation won’t be recognizable  as the beast it was when it first began its journey through Congress, but I don’t see any way it can possibly be anything but a marked improvement over the beast we have right now, an unsustainable monstrosity that is more of a threat to all of our health than the AIDS virus.

We need better, and that about says it. Like all things, I have no doubt there will be areas where improvement will be required once health care reform has been enacted, and that’s fine. No baby is perfect at birth, no matter what the mother says. Perfection requires work, not just drawing breath.

But you have to draw breath before you can get started on perfection, and if politics strangles health care reform before it can even draw a breath then we will all be perfectly screwed.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blog @ The “D” Spot Redeux


~ by Keith A. Owens on July 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “Nobody’s read the health care bill, but we all know we’re screwed”

  1. Since Harry Reid couldn’t get anything passed when the Democrats had sixty seats then he really does need to step aside.

  2. Fantastic words. Couldn’t have said it better!!

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