The reaction to the health care bill is astounding

Let’s make no mistake about it: this is the defining moment of Barack Obama’s presidency. George W Bush’s signature achievement was getting us into two quagmires of wars, Barry-O will go down in history now for passing the biggest overhaul of health care since Medicare. Say what you will about the final product, this is a huge moment. Historical, even.

Naturally, not everyone’s happy about it. The right is positively¬†apoplectic, running around like Chicken Little as though the sky were falling. I’ve gotten messages saying workers at health insurance companies are losing their minds, some “jokingly” talking about giving out horrible customer service, and others none too jokingly suggesting a civil war.

And let’s not forget Rush saying he’d move to Costa Rica.

Republicans all yesterday were yammering about the death of liberty, the death of America, the destruction of the Constitution. While I appreciate their newfound concern with the integrity of our nation’s principles, I’m wondering why none of this came up when the first and fourth amendments were torn to shreds during the Bush years, or why no one seems to give a fig about the 21st century Sedition Act that Lieberman and McCain are pumping for. If health care reform is so important, as many were claiming, why didn’t they try when they had the power?

Moreover, as sweeping of an overhaul as this is, it’s not a radical shift. The private sector remains; this isn’t like Canada just yet. And yet the reaction is not only as though we had just gone to pure socialized medicine, it’s being argued in terms of a change to pure socialized medicine. Even if it were true that universal health care were the first step toward communism (which is isn’t), the fact remains that we haven’t done that. This is an attempt to get everyone covered within the bounds of our current system. As Obama said a few months ago, it’d be nice to just snap our fingers and say “poof we have universal health care), but we have to work with what’s in front of us, in the political climate we’re in.

I’ll say this, though: if the Teabaggers want to leave the US, let ’em. Where are they going to go that doesn’t already have socialized medicine? Iran, maybe. I’m sure they’d love the theocratic model.

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10 responses to “The reaction to the health care bill is astounding

  1. But it's not passed yet. Doesn't it need to move through the senate?

  2. But it's not passed yet. Doesn't it need to move through the senate?

  3. What's interesting is seeing Frum saying "This is entirely on us, Republicans, entirely our failure":
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/22/frum-health-o

  4. What's interesting is seeing Frum saying "This is entirely on us, Republicans, entirely our failure":
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/22/frum-health-o

  5. I think this is an example of how the political divide in the United States has taken on an "us versus them" mentality. Meaning both sides, Democrats and Republicans, are becoming less interested in cooperation, and more interested in "winning" some sort of imaginary battle of morals.

  6. I think this is an example of how the political divide in the United States has taken on an "us versus them" mentality. Meaning both sides, Democrats and Republicans, are becoming less interested in cooperation, and more interested in "winning" some sort of imaginary battle of morals.

  7. Yes, I have to admit that I was shocked to receive an email this morning from an old and dear friend (who happens to be a card-carrying Republican.) The email said "Relax! Free healthcare is here and the doctor will see you now." It was followed by a photo of Obama dressed as a Witch Doctor.

    Not only was I shocked at the idea that she would send it to ME (of all people) – but also shaking my head at the idea that they think we now have FREE… anything! I've only heard a few of the details of the new law, but from what I can tell there will be relatively little change in our personal circumstances. From what I can tell, we're still going to have to pay our regular premiums and will get just as lousy service as we've been getting all along. So, what's everyone so freaked out about?

  8. Yes, I have to admit that I was shocked to receive an email this morning from an old and dear friend (who happens to be a card-carrying Republican.) The email said "Relax! Free healthcare is here and the doctor will see you now." It was followed by a photo of Obama dressed as a Witch Doctor.

    Not only was I shocked at the idea that she would send it to ME (of all people) – but also shaking my head at the idea that they think we now have FREE… anything! I've only heard a few of the details of the new law, but from what I can tell there will be relatively little change in our personal circumstances. From what I can tell, we're still going to have to pay our regular premiums and will get just as lousy service as we've been getting all along. So, what's everyone so freaked out about?

  9. And one more question… does anyone know if there's anything in this bill involving DENTAL health insurance? That was asked of me yesterday by my 31-year old daughter who may lose some of her teeth because of an inability to pay for her root canals. Oh, she HAS insurance. But it only pays 50% of the costs (like MOST dental insurance) and she can't afford the HUNDREDS of dollars in co-pays to get the work done – and they won’t stretch the payments out for her. So, she was forced to cancel her surgeries. She may as well be entirely UNINSURED for as much good as the insurance does her. I suspect that’s the case with MOST people around the country. When we get DENTAL healthcare (and Optical) that works the same way as medical healthcare ($10 to $20 co-pays) then we’ll HAVE something.

  10. And one more question… does anyone know if there's anything in this bill involving DENTAL health insurance? That was asked of me yesterday by my 31-year old daughter who may lose some of her teeth because of an inability to pay for her root canals. Oh, she HAS insurance. But it only pays 50% of the costs (like MOST dental insurance) and she can't afford the HUNDREDS of dollars in co-pays to get the work done – and they won’t stretch the payments out for her. So, she was forced to cancel her surgeries. She may as well be entirely UNINSURED for as much good as the insurance does her. I suspect that’s the case with MOST people around the country. When we get DENTAL healthcare (and Optical) that works the same way as medical healthcare ($10 to $20 co-pays) then we’ll HAVE something.

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