Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The slippery slope just got slippier......

Our Country just got different. I am not sure if the health care
insurance reform just passed by the House of Representatives
is a good thing or a bad thing. I haven't read it, and may not
understand it if I do.

I do know that my very bright and common sensible sister,
who practices (non-litigation) health care law in Philadelphia,
believes there are good provisions to the bill, and worrisome
provisions to the bill. I do know that my sweetie, who reads
and understands Medicare rules and regulations as part
of her day job, believes there are good provisions to the bill, and
worrisome provisions to the bill. I also know that our current
system of providing health care is hopelessly in need of
improvement.

So....I guess now we wait and see. I might have some trust in,
and would feel much better about, our Congress and its ability
to craft sensible legislation if the Social Security Trust actually
had $2.5 trillion dollars in it, instead of $2.5 trillion in IOU's. I
might have some trust in, and would feel much better about, our
Congress and its ability to craft sensible legislation if they were
not in love with creating unfunded mandates that strangle the
ability of local governing entities to focus just on their core
missions. I might have some trust in, and would feel much better
about, our Congress and its ability to craft sensible legislation if
they hadn't voted to exempt themselves from all the laws they
pass for our benefit.

I guess I am having trust issues.

The following is from Monday's New York Times, quoting Nancy
Pelosi:

“After a year of debate and hearing the calls of millions of
Americans, we have come to this historic moment. Today we have
the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our
society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans that is
a right and not a privilege".

I am a bit confused about privilege, rights, and responsibilities. I
wasn't aware that health insurance was a "right" for Americans.

My hope for my children's generation is that pretty soon we, as
a society (but mostly us baby boomers), stop talking about rights
and start talking about responsibilities.

In the meantime, I am an optimistic person and this is an
optimistic blog. I am filled with hope that the Democrats got it
right and this bill will provide better health care for all
Americans (that's the goal, right?) and will reduce our
federal government's deficit.

You can make your snide comment now, I'm not making one.

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