Sunday, November 15, 2009

That troublesome health care bill

You know, it's been hard for me to weigh in on the health care bill/abortion issue because the whole business is just so discouraging. Finally, however, I have found an article that captures (reasonably closely, that is) how I feel about the whole thing. Here's an excerpt:

We need health care reform. 40 million Americans have no access to health care. 40,000 a year die because of lack of access. 30-40 million more have lousy care funded by state Medicaid programs, many of which are underfunded and few of which provide for routine care. The rest of us are indentured to our employers, afraid to unionize, afraid to strike, afraid to speak up on the job, for fear of losing our insurance coverage.

The health care "reform" bill in Congress does nothing to solve these problems. Aside from outlawing a couple of the worst abuses, such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or pricing such people out of the insurance market, or dropping coverage when someone actually becomes ill, it leaves all the evils of the current system in place, and assures that the crisis will continue and continue to worsen.

But with the ban on abortion coverage, there is a chance that at least some principled members of Congress, backers of a woman's right to unimpeded health care that she and her doctor say she needs, will reject the whole obscene package. If they do, this fradulent reform legislation will go down in flames.

Then we'll be back to square one, and we can finally demand that Congress and the President give us the reform that will work: Medicare for all.

The hypocrisy of law makers claiming that people who object to abortion shouldn't have to have their tax dollars pay for them really gets to me. I object to war and yet my tax dollars certainly are used for that.

The excerpt above is from an article entitled "Health Care Reform: DOA" by Dave Lindorff.

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