Well said and passionate post, Slayer.
I think it is long overdue that the United States reformed its health care system. The problem with this HR Bill, as I see it, is twofold:
1. This bill isn't about health care, this bill is another bailout (on the heels of several errant bailouts) for the insurance corporations, who
for the most part have already demonstrated their inability to run their business profitably. I think that without the bailouts, certainly many
more Americans might be unemployed at this point, and yes, it would hurt. Badly. However, the monetary bandaide prolongs the inevitable, and the
longer the U.S. takes to fall, the harder the impact, and slower the recovery. The U.S. has to invest in itself, its own manufacture, its own
people and domestic jobs -- perhaps in infrastructure initially, as was done after the Great Depression. Simplify, keep the dollars, diminished and
inflated though they be, at home.
2. I believe this bill was ramrodded, bought and as yet unpaid for, against the will of the majority of the American citizens. The American
Representatives have, of course, long ago ceased to actually represent the wishes of their constituents. What do the stinkin' constituents know
about anything? Much better that the allknowing and ballplaying, backdooring and "progressive" politicians sell themselves to us based on what
they think we want to hear to get elected, and then do as they want, as negotiated out of the public eye. Yes, local and State politicians are
angry. People feel betrayed by their government and for good reason. They WERE betrayed, and to add insult to injury, reminded overtly on a
continual basis just how little their wishes mattered to their elected representatives.
The United States is long overdue for true healthcare reform. This bill, if it gets beyond the point of squeezing money from the people to actually
mandate any measurable change, will produce a leveling mediocrity in health care. Yes, there are millions of U.S. citizens that are not covered
and that is a disgrace.
When will we learn that financially throttling the farmers and employers -- especially small business -- does not create an overall improvement in
anyone's life, and certainly not the health of the nation? Well, we can all be unemployed and scratching the dirt for crumbs......... and so it
will likely go, until we learn to help the actual people, the unemployed, the disabled, our vets, the homeless..... and by that I mean only those
that actually can't do for themselves.
How to pay for a program that just assists those in trouble? I don't know, but I guarantee you that unilaterally screwing everyone for a mediocre
system won't improve it.
I said in another thread,
I think it's a huge mistake. Good luck and God Bless, America. I hope a year from now I'm grovelling back to this
same thread to admit that I was more wrong than Bart Stupak in high heels.
That is my wish. I hope to be that wrong.