Well, maybe a little longer than a minute.
I suppose it was predictable that the Internet would be awash in responses to the fact the 'The Bill' has been passed. And I suppose it was equally predictable that the 'haters' would seem to dominate those responses. After all, it's much easier to voice your opinion when that opinion is in opposition. It's harder to voice your opinion when, in fact, you're happy with the result at hand - whatever that result might be. Well, maybe 'Happy' is too strong a word - but the result is a step in 'your direction'. So the loudest voices are not the voices which support what has been done.
Tune them out. But do NOT ignore their message.
This 'Bill' is but a step in the right direction. It is going to need work to become what it truly needs to become. And as much as I and others would love to see that work get done, there are yet others out there, loud and vociferous others, who would see work done with the opposite intent - they would see what there is substantive in 'The Bill', gutted. They would see a return to the previous status quo.
They argue that 'fines' for those who refuse to insure themselves are unconstitutional. But if those fines go to a pool of money to defray the cost of treating the uninsured - which otherwise you and I would have to pay for - I find it hard to see that as a problem. AND - their rhetoric is wrong - you won't go to jail for not paying your fine - if you GET fined.
I have been working on this post off and on during the day, and I've just had someone make a comment to me on FB that puts this whole thing in a nutshell. What was said, essentially, was that your attitude regarding all of this depended, in large part, on your own situation. And that is EXACTLY right. If you're willing to look larger than your own concerns, your own pocketbook, your 'own', period, then you're one way about this. And if all you can see is you, and what others are supposedly going to take from you, then you are the other way about this. It all comes down to how selfish you are or are not. On how much you do or do not care about your neighbors.
It's like giving to charity. Some people will give to charity out of a genuine concern for the people served by that charity. Because there is no other way for them, personally, to reach those people. And they give generously. Literally, until it hurts. Other people will give to charity so that they can say that, they have given, when they are challenged about their care and concern for their fellow man. Oh, and the tax deduction. And as their justification for rescinding government programs that affect the poor.
These are the people who think government doesn't work. These are the people who don't trust ANYBODY. Including you.
These are the people who privatized much of what would have been government run activity, like FEMA. Remember New Orleans and Katrina? Remember how long it took to start getting real relief in there? Do you know why? Because most of FEMA's response capability had been turned over to private contractors. Because Privatization works better than the government.
I'm sorry. This is turning into more of a rant than I wanted. It's just that these "Me First, I Don't Care About You" people just get my goat.
Apparently, the opposition doesn't like the notion of Mandatory Health Care.
We all like Switzerland, right? Switzerland. Home of the best chocolate in the world. Home of people who yodel. Home of people who all own guns. Home of some of the most right-wing right wing fanatics in the world. Switzerland has Mandatory Health Insurance. Switzerland is one of the 15 healthiest countries in the world(#5). We are number 11. Forbes Magazine. Check it out.
The healthiest country in the world is Iceland - where they have NO insurance companies and NO private hospitals - where they have Universal Health Care. Paid for by taxes. And their aggregate (Federal equivalent & Local) taxes are 36%.
Okay. I'm done. I'm sure some of you are never coming back here. And for that, I'm sorry. And some of you are going to yell at me. And that's okay. The nice thing about America is that we are free to disagree with one another.
And now, more than ever,