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The Health Care Reform Bill is Losing Site of it's Real Purpose

Updated on March 26, 2010

Bad Legislation is not the Solution!

Instead of addressing the issues that people want and need addressed in order to create a better system of health care delivery in the United States the Democratic Party with their ruling majority is force feeding legislation that will only create a bigger mess. And once this mess becomes law (if it becomes law) there may be no feasible way to clean it up.

I am not blaming the Democrats for trying; clearly the Republicans have put nothing on the table. I am blaming the Democrats for not taking the initiative to create legislation in a manner which would truly benefit the people. The Democrats are trying to do way too much at once. The current Bill is already exceeding 2,000 pages! Health Care is not an issue where one party should prevail over another party just because they have a majority vote. Party Politics and true health care reform are a disaster waiting to happen.

Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has been preparing a final series of revisions to the 2,074-page bill, with Senate debate expected to begin on them shortly after they are made public sometime early Saturday.

It’s just too much at once. There is no one-size-fits all solution to the problem. Instead of cramming everything under the sun into a single bill they should be tackling the issues one at a time. Creating an expensive poorly written bill that contains every law makers home state “Pork Project” is a disaster in the making. Why not tackle regulation first? Next move on to how to address Medicare issues, rising premiums, pre-existing conditions, etc. Under the bill proposed we will still have 24 Million Americans without insurance by 2019!

We have time to create quality legislation that addresses real issues without indecipherable pork projects buried and hidden in a 2,000 + page document. The American People deserve better!

If something is worth doing it’s worth doing right! Imagine the disaster we are going to have on our hands as the current bill gives even more power and profits to the Insurance Industry. Forcing people to buy bad coverage and undetermined prices is simply playing into the hands of the Insurers.

There is ZERO Bi-Partisan Support

That’s right not one Republican is supporting the current bill. I suspect if it were a Republican bill not one Democrat would be supporting it. Let me play Devils Advocate. Lets say I’m a democrat and I’m true party. We pass this legislation… have we done our job? Obama got 53% of the popular vote and McCain 47%! Our country is pretty split among party lines. And that’s a good thing to bring diverse voices to the debate. But when you try to cram your own agenda through with no regard for the other side you are not doing what the American People want; you are doing only what you want.

Party politics is the very reason this current Health Care Bill is a BAD IDEA. Health Care issues are not party specific. Both sides have to come to some common ground to represent what is best for the people. Republicans need to get off their butts and create quality insightful input that will help the people. Watching this bill progress (if you can call it progress) is like watching 3rd graders fight over what’s on the lunch menu.

The people are not being represented as the Democrats force through bad idea after bad idea, and the Republicans offer no ideas of their own instead choosing to just criticize.

Buying the Vote with Pork

Senator Ben Nelson (Democrat Nebraska) is playing hardball with his party over issues he personally is against. So in turn the Democratic Party is working on the back end to “Buy” his vote by promising him special concessions to the State of Nebraska. Maybe every State Senator should withhold their vote until their State gets special concessions? How does this help the American People?

Unperturbed, the White House and Democrats bargained behind closed doors for hours with Sen. Ben Nelson in a search for the 60th vote needed to pass the measure. "Hopefully, we're making progress," the Nebraska Democrat said during a break in the talks.

This is politics and exactly why this current Health Care Bill is on such flakey ground. The manipulation, distortion, and amendments have turned an idea to provide health care for all Americans into a Special Interest Disaster.

Public opinion polls show lagging support for the measure, although Democrats argue that will change once legislation passes and consumers see benefits.

Public opinion polls are not single party, they represent what people are thinking at the moment whether educated on the matter or not. Should the public be ignored as Politicians from a single party tell them what is good and what is not? Is this not like saying to the Public “You are too stupid to understand that we know what is good for you”.

Both sides have clearly lost sight of the real issues… providing quality care into the future for all people in a manner that creates benefits that outweigh the costs.

"This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors without input from anyone in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people before Christmas," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

While I am neither Republican nor Democrat, I entirely agree with this assessment. Why is there such a rush to push forward such a disjointed bill? We need to slow down and get this right. If the last year has proven anything, it’s that rushing through expensive legislation is a very bad idea and does not benefit the people.

I'm tired of Democrats pretending like they are doing everything for the good of the people; but the people are too stupid to know what is good.  I'm tired of the Republicans playing spoiled bully and just dismissing everything that is brought to the table.  The people are not being represented by either party.

Who Represents the Needs of the People?

Party Politics creating a Health Care Reform Disaster
Party Politics creating a Health Care Reform Disaster

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  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR

    MikeNV 

    8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    I am also against this Bill and FOR Reform.

  • Michael Willis profile image

    Michael Willis 

    8 years ago from Arkansas

    This Health Bill in Congress is filled with BS. Obama tours the country making "fake promises" of what it will do knowing full well what he is saying is NOT in the bill.

    It is obvious he will tell whatever Lie he can to pass this bill and make Pharmaceuticals, Insurance Companies and the Health Care Industry happy. Why not, they get over 30 million paying clients!!!

    Of course, where will the Doctors come from?

    Where will hospitals put the new patients?

    How long will you have to wait to see a doctor?

    Better hope you illness is not life threatening.

    I am against "This Bill" but for Reform. This Bill will break Americans and this Country. I am trying my best to write about this also and get people to wake up and call their Senators and Representatives to say No to this before it is too late.

    Thanks for your articles Mike!

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    Eileen Kersey 

    8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Good health care reform would be such a lifesaver. As with the NHS in the UK though it needs to be right or else it is another drain on resources.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR

    MikeNV 

    8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    What the few people who are supporting this Bill do not get is this.

    This bill is not providing additional coverage. Anyone that wants coverages can already get it. You buy it.

    All this bill is doing is FORCING people to buy health insurance. And if they can't then they get fined.

    Take a person who make $10 an hour and lives alone. Can they afford it? NO! After taxes they have about $1,300 a month to live on. A typical Apartment takes $800 leaving $500 a month for food, utilities, automobile, etc.

    A typical single coverage plan would eat up the entire $500!!! But now because they can not afford insurance, but it will be mandated they will incur a PENALTY! A tax if you will for nothing. How does this help these people? Wait there will be subsidies - other people will be taxed to help these people buy insurance right? Partly, there will be additional taxes. Idiotic taxes on small business lke this one:

    "Instead, Senate Democrats are proposing a 10 percent sales tax on tanning salons, to be paid by the person soaking up the rays."

    And subsidies do NOT pay for the insurance, they offset only some of the cost. And subsidies will not put the money these people need into their hands at the time they are forced to buy the insurance. Subsidies apply only at tax time.

    Who is going to enforce the penalty? Are we going to jail people who can not afford insurance?

    I've read it costs $2,000 a month to the tax payer to keep a person in jail.

    The State of Mississippi - one of the poorest, has estimated this Bill will cost them an additional 1.3 Billion as Medicare is cut and the cost burden shifts to States.

    ---------------- Finally ---------------------

    Nelson, D-Neb., said he made his decision after winning fresh concessions to limit the availability of abortions in insurance sold in newly created exchanges, as well as tens of million in federal Medicaid funds for his home state.

    Very American. If you want to force your Agenda you simply buy the people who are against you. Good for the citizens of Nebraska right. They deserve special allowances that other States will not be getting.

    TEAM OBAMA is taking a terrible economy accelerating it's destruction.

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    Carolyn Blacknall 

    8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Looking worse and worse. They think they have 60 votes today.

  • ehern33 profile image

    ehern33 

    8 years ago

    Mike, I have to agree with your points. Healthcare should not be owned by any party and all concerned should be able to bring forth ideas that work best for the people. Nothing will be perfect but if attacked issue by issue we can get to a comprehensive reform. Our current system is not all bad, why can't we take what works out of it and improve upon it. I don't want government run healthcare but I don't want insurance companies dictating premiums and policy so they can line their pockets either. Only by bringing everyone in can this be accomplished. Greay hub as usual.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR

    MikeNV 

    8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    I have not read the entire bill... who could it's over 2,000 pages. I've only read excerpts from reports. But when you read those reports you'll find that what Team Obama is doing is not what the people want. It's not a bill for the people. This is not the reform that benefits americans any more than last years TARP act benefits Americans.

    This is special interests at work.

    "In the end, it should be clear what 60 Democrats voted for last night. They voted to require that every American buy a government-designed insurance plan, even if it is more expensive than the insurance they have today, or face a fine of up to $6,750 for a family of four." -- NewYorkPost

    "The bill allocated $100 million in pork for Louisiana. (Well, actually the bill doesn't say Louisiana. In true congressional fashion it spends two pages describing a mysterious state "recovering from a natural disaster" and whose other specifications fit exactly one state."

    Buying Votes to pass a Health Care Bill benefits Americans how?

    MoveOn.org, an advocacy group that raised $40 million for Democrats in 2008, is opposing the Senate health care legislation and has sent an e-mail to members asking them to contact liberal senators.

    Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice.

    "You will be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine," said Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout." Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said the bill has some good provisions, "but there has to be a line beyond which you think the bill is bad for the country."

    "This is an insurance company's dream," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is the Washington scramble, and it's a shame." - Howard Dean former Democratic Candidate for President

    The point I am making is this bill is an absolute mess and will do nothing for the People.

    It is perfectly reasonable for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to fight a terrible bill. This is NOT what America wants.

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    Jim Bryan 

    8 years ago from Austin, TX

    Hi Mike, I'll agree that Politics is starting to derail healthcare reform but...

    Healthcare reform, specifically one which includes a Public Option, was part of the Obama Campaign platform. He was elected, one assumes, based at least in part, on his platform.

    It is also part of the Democratic Party platform.

    It is not unreasonable to assume that they would try to do exactly what they promised us when the majority of the country decided to elect a majority to the House and Senate and the President (perhaps odd, but not unreasonable).

    It is unreasonable for Republicans (and Democrats and Independents) to fight what the majority of the country obviously wants.

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