Sunday, March 21, 2010

Healthcare Bill Homework

Like many Americans, I sat in front of the television and watched what I considered the debacle of the vote on the House Floor as Obamacare was shoved closer into law. It was handled with secrecy and back room deals, enough pork and promises to shame the country, and probably bankrupt us.

Here's your homework. Call your doctor. Ask if they plan or will be able to stay in business if this plan, as it appears to be moving forward, is enacted. Please don't stick your head in the sand on this one. You have a senator. They have a phone number and an email address. It hasn't passed the Senate yet. If we do nothing, it will be law by Tuesday.

If you didn't watch and listen, be warned. If you're on Medicare, it's being cut. If you're on Medicare Advantage, it's being eliminated completely. If this bill is passed, your health care will be overseen by the IRS. Yes, that's correct. They're going to have to hire something like 15,000 new IRS agents to oversee your healthcare. If you like how they handle your taxes, just think how wonderful it will be when they are in charge of deciding what tests your doctors can give you.

Do your homework. I'll be hoping for lots of comments. I feel sick and scared. I have great insurance, and we pay an awful lot for it. I don't like how much we must pay, but at least I know that when we're sick or injured, we can get the care we need. This bill ensures the rights of everyone to free healthcare, and that includes illegal aliens. That's right. Don't take my word for it. The bill is online.

And want doesn't it have it it? Tort reform, interstate commerce to enable people to get a better deal, breaking up the insurance companies ability to overcharge within their own little world. There's so much that needed to be fixed with this, the world's best health care system. How long have I been worried? Look back at my old blogs. I started with humor. I tried music. I try to keep my blog lighthearted, but tonight I just don't feel lighthearted. I'm discouraged and I'm disgusted.

Shame on you, Congress.


Kathleen said...

I felt this was worth quoting in its entirety:

Governor Romney’s Statement on House Passage of Healthcare Bill.
March 22 2010

Governor Romney today issued the following statement on House passage of the healthcare bill:

"America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today."

Schmath said...

Obama needs to chill out. Why is he so obsessed with making radical changes? Why can't he just pass a mini bill that says insurance companies can't raise rates by more than a certain percentage, and can't kick people out of their policies for getting sick, and have to accept people under a certain age regardless of preexisting conditions? Wouldn't something simple like that solve the major problems? Instead, he insists on getting everything all tangled up. I can't believe anyone voted for this. Have they no fear? I'm sure that as soon as the republicans have the majority again, some of this will get straitened out. Hopefully it doesn't do too much damage in the mean time.

Sharon and Marvin said...

One of our sons had a great thought: "let Congress try out this new health care on themselves for a couple years and see how it works?"

Kathleen said...

Unfortunately, Sharon, the Congress won't be covered under this healthcare bill. They've got their own plan. Didn't you expect that, though?

Ri said...

This whole thing is appalling, but not surprising. We knew he had socialistic tendencies, right? I'm also mad that the insurance companies didn't come up with something to fix this long ago. Resorting to the gov't coming in to take over yet another industry is just plain wrong.