Congress Stuck in Reverse

March 18, 2010

Seems like the only thing Congress is doing is making the economy worse.  At least all they’ve done lately is debate the health insurance bill – which isn’t going anywhere soon – which leaves them less time to mess up other matters of national interest.

Note that this is a bill about insurance.  It’s not health care.  If we wanted improved health care for poor people, we would staff public health clinics better and have them open 24 hours, instead of daytime work hours only.  Or we’d do malpractice reform to drive those costs down and let doctors and hospitals charge less.

Did you notice they’re cutting MedicAid and MediCare to pay for this plan?  Cut funding for the most vulnerable so they can claim this monster “saves” money.  It’s gonna bankrupt us and they know it.  (It’ll just give them something to legislate about later, and that’s why they do it.)

I haven’t had a chance to read the forest-killer of a bill, even if it were posted online in advance (another broken promise).  I know that allowing sales of insurance coverage across state lines would go a long way toward implementing the goals.

Congress is driving the country deeper and deeper in debt, and the country doesn’t trust them to do the right thing.  Gallup today noted the Congressional approval ratings are down to 16% of the people!

And the President thinks if he can give away more perks and bully his party they will roll over.  Meanwhile, he ignores a world falling apart and cancels key diplomatic visits.  If we’re lucky, the country might survive until he’s voted out of office.

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True Health Care Reform

September 23, 2009

Right now, there’s a lot of debate about how to “fix” the health care “problem.”  However, I’m not sure we have defined the problem clearly.  It seems most of the problems are defined in terms of some politician’s or PAC’s solution.

The “universal health care” option is being sold with the mantra “No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick.”

Sounds good on the surface.  It’s a  tragedy when a personal illness forces someone into bankruptcy.  I’ve seen it happen – a friend had just started his new job (after being out of work for some months) when he found out his wife was pregnant.  The doctor determined that the pregnancy started a couple weeks before he signed into the company, so the “pre-existing condition” was not covered.  It became a burden when she delivered early and the preemie went into the state hospital’s neonatal ICU.  By the time the daughter went home, the bill was over half a million dollars.  His job as assistant manager of a fast food chain store could never cover that cost, and they chose bankruptcy.  (That was Massachusetts.)

The baby received the care it needed, and the state had to pay the costs.  There were consequences, but there are always consequences in life.

If instead, the dad had finished high school with more than a barely passing grade, he would have found insurance earlier.  If there were effective public health clinics, she might have carried the baby to term.  And if the government had had free universal health care, it’s doubtful there would have been enough medical advances to keep the child alive to become a vibrant toddler.

We feel for the plight of the underinsured and the uninsured, but taking away choices doesn’t make the system better.


Who’s running the country?

August 25, 2009

It’s becoming clear that Barry Obama is in over his head.  In his early state visits, he committed a number of serious protocol blunders.  His second-in-command isn’t let out in public any more, afraid of what “crazy uncle Joe” might say. (“Hey, I found the secret bunker.  Wanna know where it is?”)

The stimulus bill was put in place before he took office.  It’s not his, it’s Nancy Pelosi’s!  She pushed it through.  All Obama did was sign it and take credit for it.  Except that now that it’s not working, all he can say is “the problem was worse than what we thought.”  In other words, “I signed it before I read it, and I sure hope it works, because I’ve stolen the credit from its authors.”

Health care was an issue he campaigned on, but the bill came out of the House.  It’s a thousand pages of Democrat Party pork.  It’s the rough draft of Hillary’s failed health plan, without the attention to detail or careful study.  Mr Obama is out making fake speeches with hired audiences about why it’s important, trying to tell us it doesn’t say what it clearly does say.  He’d know that if he’d read the bill.

Again, it’s Ms Pelosi that’s running the show.  She thinks in party lines and can’t understand why the Average American doesn’t.  We think issues and people.  The American people elected Obama as President, and we think he can control his party.  He can’t. 

Last Spring, he said we were gonna close Gitmo but there’s no place to move it.  He also said he wouln’t prosecute the CIA for what happened there. But as soon as he leaves on another vacation, his Attorney General announces a special prosecutor to look at whether someone ought to be tried for the tactics.

And now he can only stand by in amazement as the economy keeps getting worse and unemployment getting higher.

It’s no wonder his approval ratings are slipping so badly.  In barely half a year, his numbers are getting down to where Bush’s were after 7 years.  Worst part is, Hillary is starting to look good by comparison.