Anything is better than nothing. Maybe. I suppose so. Still, itâ€™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. Itâ€™s more than disappointing. For many folks itâ€™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, youâ€™re right. Itâ€™s something.
The Republicans lost the health care reform battle, and thatâ€™s cause enough for celebration. At least, everyone seems to think they lost. All the news programs say so. Iâ€™m not so sure. I canâ€™t shake my perception that a Republican reform package has been signed into law without a single Republican vote.Â The story of Brer Rabbit and the briar patch keeps playing in my mind. â€śKill me, drown me, hang me…. but PLEASE donâ€™t pass this health insurance reform bill!â€ť Brer Grassley cried.
Hereâ€™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 Americansâ€”those who need it mostâ€”will remain uninsured. Change, by any meaningful measure, has not come to America.
There remains much work to do.