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Monday, March 22, 2010

This is change we can believe in

I guess it all depends on the meaning of the word change.

The historic vote by the House last night to adopt the Senate health care reform bill represents a significant change from the current system where who you work for determines what type of health insurance you get.

A system where people people without insurance wait until they are sicker to seek health care.

A system where insurance companies often have more say than doctors in treatment plans.

A system that says you can't get coverage if you are sick and where you can get cut off from coverage if it costs too much.

It represents a significant push-back at the forces of the status quo that fought against Social Security and Medicare. Forces that have sought to protect the haves by convincing the have-nots that what's bad is good and what's good is bad.

And it is a push-back against the small but vocal voices of hate that have plagued our country for generations. In the words of Barack Obama, the focal point of much of that hatred:

“We pushed back on the undue influence of special interests. We didn’t give in to mistrust or to cynicism or to fear. Instead, we proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things. This isn’t radical reform, but it is major reform.”

With its vote, the House stood up against voices that sought decried government-run health care while receiving Medicare. Voices that made up fallacies like death panels. Voices that lied and distorted the truth to protect the special interests that have allied against making changes that will begin to bring America in line with the rest of the world in providing quality health care at an affordable price.

Republicans insist the votes are the turning point, the fulcrum on which they will leverage the voters and retake Congress and make change. Except their change would be back to the status quo.

To the Democrats who took that courageous vote -- congratulations. You put principle above re-election.

Somewhere this morning, Ted Kennedy is looking down and smiling.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Readwriteblue said...

I guess I am one of those that you dismiss as a voice of hate. It is evident from the bill’s text that all the underhanded deals and corporate pay offs are still in there as well as the death panels. That this bill includes 16,000 new tax collectors and not one new doctor tells us all that anyone needs to know about the change in our healthcare system these legislators are committed to. But I am surprised that so many politicians have signed their own resignation papers. That those in congress do not represent us is no surprise, but that they would thwart the will of the electorate so openly is breath taking. This issue is far from resolved. There will need to be action in the senate and the White house. Several states Attorneys General will be litigating over the constitutionality of this federal power grab. It will provide much for us to write about for months to come.

March 22, 2010 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god this is what the new order chose to ram down our throat instead of maybe immigration. This draws the line in the sand, and as an electorate we can see where they stand, and do something about it in the fall. This we can change when we're back in power. Within 10 years we'll have Medicaid hospitals and private hospitals (members only), they'll be equiped depending on their clientele.

March 22, 2010 12:02 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

If you like (or condone) the use of spitting and derogatory personal comments at African-Americans and gays, then yes, you are a part of the small group of haters who shame themselves and this country.

If not, we have a difference of opinion over what I see as real steps forward to making health care available to 32 million more people, ending abusive insurance practices that deny people coverage because they are sick or because they are too expensive to care for.

If you approve of taking these gains away -- or closing the GOP-concocted "doughnut hole" in prescription drug coverage, I applaud your support for the constitutional challenge -- just as I applaud the votes of Democrats who put the need to serve the people ahead of their need to serve in office.

Deals are the way business is done in government since time immemorial. The particularly egregious ones in this legislation -- like the Nebraska and Louisiana shakedowns -- are out after reconciliation0.

States right brought us slavery and a civil war. I opt not to go down that path again.

And as for death panels -- well there's just no point in arguing about that whopper which thoroughly distorted what should be an important discussion about the quality of end-of-life care.

March 23, 2010 4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

States rights brought gay marriage, you against that?

March 23, 2010 4:57 AM  

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