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Health Care Reform - The Law of the Land

Until now the United States has been the only major industrialized country without a comprehensive national health care plan.  President Obama has succeeded in doing what many thought was impossible and millions of Americans who are now uninsured will soon have health care coverage.  Whether you are happy with this turn of events or among those who fear it will destroy what's left of our economy, I think everyone can agree that this historic vote will most assuredly define Barak Obama's presidency. 
 
In order to get the needed votes to ensure passage of the health insurance reform law, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.  I agree that there's no reason to mix the two issues together. 
 
With the passage of this bill, Americans will now be required to purchase health insurance and pay a penalty if they choose not to do so.  Those of us on Medicare will have drug coverage increased to eliminate the so-called "donut hole," beginning with a rebate at the end of this year for seniors facing high costs.   The White House has made a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to cover a good deal of the cost. 
 
Included in the bill are changes in the student loan program.  The government will be the originator of all student loans.   
 
"We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things," President Obama said.  "We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people."
 
"We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans," said Nancy Pelosi,
 
"This is the civil rights act of the 21st century," added Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the top-ranking black member of the House.
 
Republicans agree that the bill will affect all Americans, but they believe it will be a burden caused by more than $900 billion in tax increases and Medicare cuts combined.
 
"We have failed to listen to America," said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio.
 
Health care reform will be the law of the land, and no matter what rhetoric takes places around the elections this fall, it will be too early to determine how the country will be affected going forward.  Congress and President Obama have made history today, and it's history that will judge them at some point in the future.
 

3 Comments

April 7, 2010 - 4:53pm

Larry Kaufman

Although modern medicine has provided pills and liquids to treat acid stomach, I know of no treatment for an acid brain. Why people for whom health insurance is not a problem should be so resentful that those who have been deprived of it will now have access to insurance, and its more important corollary, care, is a mystery to me. Another medical mystery is why the acid brain is so often connected to the frigid heart and the mendacious mouth.

March 24, 2010 - 7:48am

Rhona S

You are misinformed. If you live in a large city with municipal hospitals, like NY, then yes, you can get health care on an emergency basis at one of the hospitals. However, if you need ongoing treatment, and you live in parts of the country that do not have major medical facilities, health care is not provided. I have paid astronomical amounts of money towards keeping my diabetic children in heath insurance. This year it got to be too high for me and the child I have who does not have health insurance cannot get the medication he used to be able to take to prevent kidney disease since he has diabetes. They can't give it to him at the emergency room, it's considered a luxury. He will in all probability die of kidney disease at a very young age. This is America. Everyone should be entitled to health insurance. My son can pay for health insurance but not at the absurd cost the insurance companies wanted from him due to his diabetes -- even though he probably didn't use more services than most of his friends. As long as he stayed on his medicine and watched his diet he was fine. I understand that you are worried about what this is costing America. I have some concern about that as well. However, it will be worked out, I am sure. In order to be strong, a country has to care about its citizens and for its citizens.

March 23, 2010 - 10:16pm

Al Cinamon

The big myth or big lie, if you will, is that people without health insurance did not go without health care. Hospitals have been forced to treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Yes, even illegal aliens get health care in this great country of ours. Nothing was broken. Nothing needed to be fixed. People from Canada who already have what was foisted upon us came to America for health care. Where will they go now? The Dems transported some kid from California to testify in Congress how his mother died because she didn't have health insurance. LIE! She was treated even though she didn't have insurance. But, maybe this simple fact escapes some people: people WITH health insurance die, too.

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