Frankly, I’ve been a little busy. Not necessarily too busy to blog, but busy enough for it to drop a little on the priority list. That’s not a bad thing; it’s better to be busy than not — especially for a guy who has been out of work recently.
There’s an AARP commercial on right now, showing cars trying to block an ambulance while the voice over talks about the rumors and fear tactics some are using to try and derail health care reform. Okay, here’s my thing — do the people who are dead set against reform really believe that health care in this country doesn’t need some kind of reform? Copays could be lower. Small companies can’t always afford to give employees the same blanket coverage that bigger companies do. And let’s talk about “death panels…” don’t those already exist in the form of insurance company bureaucrats who routinely deny coverage to people who desperately need it? Is there no outrage on the right because the current problems are caused by private business?
Now, about not wanting the government involved in providing insurance coverage. Insurance companies won’t provide flood insurance because of the risk. That is, companies can’t sell enough coverage to people who probably won’t be affected by floods. That would give them enough money to cover people who would be affected. As a result, the federal government created a program to make sure the people who are at risk can buy coverage. Where’s the outrage from the right on that?
If you’re retired, and don’t have the income to pay for your own health care coverage anymore, the federal government provides (gives) health insurance in the form of Medicare. Did you know that former President Harry Truman was signed up as the first Medicare recipient? If you’re poor enough to be unable to afford any type of coverage, the federal government (with the states) provides health insurance in the form of Medicaid. So, the feds already provide health insurance. The only outrage I’ve heard is from seniors who don’t want government-run healthcare to affect their government-run healthcare.
And what about the goober who decided to heckle the president during his address to Congress? Never mind that as a member of Congress, you should have enough class to comport yourself while representing the American people. Never mind that his claim that “the plan” provides medical coverage for illegal immigrants is nonsensical (they can go to an emergency room now and get free coverage paid for by… that’s right, taxpayers). Never mind that he’s heckling the President of the United States. Not to play the race card, but ask any black person you know — we are all convinced that something like that would have never have happened had the president been white.
There was a piece on the news this week pointing out that Congressional Republicans pretty much agree with the concepts of health care reform (except for a public option). But it seems the conservative debate is being driven by people like Rush and Glen Beck (who was a clown when he worked for CNN. Nice to see he hasn’t changed).
The previous administration (Republican and conservative) was responsible for the biggest increase in government bureaucracy in U.S. history (Dept. of Homeland Security… look it up). Not to mention a two-front war that has cost billions of dollars (and contrary to what the former vice president suggested, oil revenue from Iraq is not and will not pay for our presence there). And it allowed the lax oversight that led to one of the bigger economic meltdowns in U.S. history.
There’s nothing wrong with being fiscally or politically conservative. There’s no crime in not wanting to spend hard-earned money. But instead of parroting the party line of negativity, which seems to only call for being against any efforts to accomplish anything; how about coming up with an actual, workable plan — instead of just saying “no?” I know… outrageous.