Monday, March 22, 2010

That health insurance reform bill

I wish I could rejoice. I really do. But this bill is seriously flawed.

No one is more in favor of universal health care than I am but this is not universal and it's not really health care. It is a mandate to buy insurance (which may or may not provide decent coverage) from for-profit corporations.

Here's part of a comment I found on Alternet:

Well, folks, this is it. Forcing every citizen to patronize these corporations is fascism – and it is a pernicious precedent nobody seems to have considered long term – like the ”corporations are people too” precedent. Maybe we should pay a monthly tithe to WalMart next.

To make it clear, National Health, single payer and the public option are all pure socialism; I don’t have the slightest problem with that. This plan is fascist. That, I have a problem with.

I have a problem with it too.

Look, if we really had to do this incrementally, what would be wrong with slowly lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare until everybody was covered?


  1. I think of this as the foot in the door. I believe it will be tweeked over the years until we finally get the single-payer health care we all need.

  2. I really do hope you're right, BooCat!

  3. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I agree that, at least it's a step in the right direction...and a huge step it is!

    annie c

  4. I fully agree with your suggestion regarding eligibility for Medicare and I have written to President Obama, my senators and my congresswoman to say that very thing. Perhaps someday...


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