I am inspired once again

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Am watching the very, very boring House Senate Health Care Reform hearing.

And I am inspired.

Inspired that money doesn’t always rule the day.

Inspired that we seem to have a president genuinely interested in doing what’s right.

Inspired by the idea of 32 million more Americans having health coverage.

Inspired that a private insurance company will no longer be able to say, “Oh, you have cancer. Your policy doesn’t cover that, because it starts with a C and rhymes with Sclancer, and if you read page 456, paragraph seven, section B22, that’s specifically outlined.”

According to most estimates, health care reform will save the nation money. Personally, I don’t give a damn. I’m sick and tired of hearing Republicans attack health care legislation because it’s too expensive, and we don’t have enough doctors, and taxes and taxes and blah blah blah. Sometimes money isn’t the most important thing; sometimes taxes shouldn’t be our top priority. There are, quite literally, thousands upon thousands of Americans who either can’t afford health coverage or who (like my family) have absolutely dreadful coverage that handles next to nothing. Think about it: Millions of Americans will now be covered. Millions. This isn’t about so-called socialism or a president wanting to overtake the American people. This is about doing the right thing; about battling back against an industry that has run amok.

I’ve heard John Boehner, the minority leader, spew his Darth Vader-esque bullshit about how this will officially doom the Democrats in the coming elections, and my response to this is—Ha! Give me a break. Doom the Democrats? My party—a party with a staggering ability to screw things up—is about to revolutionize health care and change the way we treat our ill. If that’s a recipe for doom, well, so be it. But I believe Boehner to be woefully wrong and woefully out of touch.

Politically, this is a beautiful night for Barack Obama.

Morally, this is a beautiful night for America.

14 thoughts on “I am inspired once again”

  1. “Being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition.” That was the moment for me. I, like your family, buy my own insurance and it sucks. It rations my healthcare. I pay $900 more a year because I’m a woman. This isn’t a perfect bill, but it’s a helluva better than the status quo.

  2. I have long had a problem with the idea our nation is the first to aid those that are in need in foreign lands but we are not willing to take care of our own.
    This is a good step in the right direction.

  3. If only they would honestly tell us how exactly they were going to pay for this……
    I guess to expect honest explanations from politicians is too high an expectation.

  4. Except that according to the Congressional Budget Office, which the GOP used to back up their own legislation, the bill is actually a deficit reduction bill.

    This, as opposed to Bush’s prescription drug plan which was not paid for and increased the deficit.

  5. Simple Facts: The CBO report was based on the Democrats assumptions, which are pretty much complete BS. The CBO is not allowed to correct those assumptions, it just has to go on what they’re told. This will increase the deficit by a few hundred billion (which isn’t a big deal, anymore).

    Jen: Insurance prices are a function of expected claims costs. As a woman, you have significantly higher average expected claims than a man of similar age (until later in life when you’re past menopause).

    /Actuary

  6. Lou – So that’s fair? Is it also fair that women make $.75 for every $1 a man makes? Should people of difference races be charged different rates because of higher average expected claims?

    It’s discriminatory. Well, the former policy won’t happen anymore. As Pelosi said, “Being a woman will not longer be a pre-existing medical condition.”

  7. Jen–actually, yes, it is fair that your premiums are higher if you are expected to have significantly higher claims. In the same way that it is fair that men pay higher car insurance premiums than women, at least when they are younger.

    Having said that, this is a great bill. I can’t believe the Democrats actually got their shit together for long enough to push this through.

  8. Wow, Lou, you bring forth that worn out, unproven old chestnut? You really are out of touch, and obviously beyond reasoning with. I’ll end my comments now. And pay what I SHOULD be paying for health insurance, without an extra gender fee.

  9. I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. And I certainly don’t belong to one of those fringe right or left wing whacko groups either.

    I am an American.

    I want what’s right for the American people. For me. For you. For my neighbors and for people I don’t know.

    I believe this is a good thing.

    That said, the Republicans have made future elections very easy for me.

    I’m going to look at my ballot and everywhere I see a (R) I’m going to vote for the other guy or girl.

    From the “You Lie” and the “Baby Killer” outbursts to the “FireNancyPelosi” web site and everything in between, I’m tired of Republicans. I’m tired of it.

    Sure, Democrats and Independents have their hangups too…but I’m done with Republicans. Way done.

  10. Steve, I’ve been voting that way for years. My first presidential election was Nixon-McGovern. I regret none of my votes and my conscience is clear. Congratulations and welcome.

  11. Okay, so I agree with the Hall and Oates stuff.

    But, most of the insurance company stocks rallied both on Friday and Monday with passage of the bill.

    We are now required to buy their products. Declaring this a solid victory over them is equivalent to saying we get a victory over Coke when we simultaneously criminalize corn syrup, but mandate that everyone buy a can of it everyday.

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