Anything is better than nothing. Maybe. I suppose so. Still, it’s nothing at all like we were promised, nothing at all like what we voted for. No single-payer. No public option, only market based reforms. It’s more than disappointing. For many folks it’s going to be a matter of life and death.
On the theory that anything is better than nothing we can celebrate the passage of a weak, watered down, market based reform package that swells the profits of insurance companies while tossing crumbs to poor and middle class Americans. I guess. Yeah, you’re right. It’s something.
The Republicans lost the health care reform battle, and that’s cause enough for celebration. At least, everyone seems to think they lost. All the news programs say so. I’m not so sure. I can’t shake my perception that a Republican reform package has been signed into law without a single Republican vote. The story of Brer Rabbit and the briar patch keeps playing in my mind. “Kill me, drown me, hang me…. but PLEASE don’t pass this health insurance reform bill!” Brer Grassley cried.
Here’s what I do know. Congress has not given us universal health care. President Obama has not delivered the health care reform that Presidential Candidate Obama promised. Under the legislation signed today 23 million Americans—those who need it most—will remain uninsured. Change, by any meaningful measure, has not come to America.
There remains much work to do.