Monday, March 22, 2010

Debated Victory

Read the paper. Check out the blogs. Look at everyone's volatile status updates on Facebook if you dare. You'll find no shortage of individuals out there that will give you their opinion regarding the recent passing of the health care reform bill in the House. Regardless of whether or not they share my opinion on it, I'm willing to bet that they (like me....not fooling anyone here) are fairly uninformed and, for that matter, don't even know the name of the bill itself!

For the record, I do know the name. It's the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.

If you aren't up to reading the entire 153 page document in the link above (just some amendments...not even the whole thing - thanks for the correction Chappy), an old friend, Ben, has provided us with an excellent and unbiased summary source.

You are completely capable of clicking either of the above links so I won't regurgitate the facts to you. This won't be an informative post but rather an opinionated one. I don't think anyone is 100% happy with this bill. No one ever is. There are things in it that I wish were not. But on the whole, there are more things in it that I like than visa versa.

People seem to be getting their undies in a bundle over things like cost, mandates, coverage, alleged socialism, etc. When it comes down to it, I do suspect that most people are more upset about the framers of the bill rather than the content itself. It happens all the time. If we were still in the Bush Administration, the dems would be throwing hissy fits right and left. But since this was done on President Obama's watch, there are a lot of conservatives out there who are pissed and don't even know why. Don't get me wrong...I know there are lots of informed people out there who are upset. But sadly, I think they are the minority.

This is all but a done deal. Mr. President will sign this bill into law tomorrow (today by the time you read this!) and in a few years, some major changes will take effect. What's done is done. Knowing that, can we instead turn our focus to the good things? Can't we all just be happy for the millions of uninsured Americans who will now have coverage? Isn't the elimination of coverage denial based on pre-existing conditions or gender wonderful? Caps on premiums sound fantastic to me!

But like I said, there are a lot of high emotion-low information opinions flying around out there. Until you at LEAST know the bill's name, I don't want to hear it.

Keep It Real!


  1. actually, the bill was like 2400 pages, with 153 pages of attached corrections. Its going to take a long time to have many of the "fine print" hidden within its covers to surface...

  2. How can I be happy when children are now getting insurance, individuals with major medical concerns can no longer get dumped and I personally can get insurance now even though I have asthma. This just isn't right.