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Historic Health Reform: “Please Don’t Throw Me In The Briar Patch!”

Historic Health Reform: “Please Don’t Throw Me In The Briar Patch!” Image

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.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Carla March 23, 2010, 5:36 pm

    Amen to that!

  • L. Secour March 23, 2010, 6:44 pm

    I went to two Obama rallies and heard him say that he would fight for a single payer system. He didn’t fight for anything. He let the Republicans walk all over him and gave in to every criticism he got from the conservatives. He didn’t stand his ground on anything and the result is this reform bill that has no reform.

  • Caston Countz March 23, 2010, 9:55 pm

    To me, of the many specific mistakes made here two overarching ones stand out. (1). Our president forgot who won. This was not like 1992 when Bill Clinton won with 42% of the vote. With the majority in the white house AND congress, the Dems had the keys to the car, and promptly drove it into the ditch mainly because (2) For some odd reason, President Obama chose to try to be the Great Reconciler and either was ignorant of, or refused to acknowledge that the Republicans do not play by those rules. Their idea of compromise is no compromise. The only thing I hope and pray for is that now that the door is at least open a little bit, that in the years to come true reform can actually occur even if by increments. As it stands now, the one chance for true reform is gone, possibly not to be seen again in my lifetime.

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