Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Healthcare Debate?

I am currently on the 3rd day of a 4 day trip to western South Dakota in between the minutia otherwise known as my paying job and a couple of thoughts on the so called debate on healthcare have come to mind while reading through my RSS feeds.

I have no idea on how the final version of the healthcare reform bill will look nor am I ready to say I am for the current legislation (it is over 1000 pages long afterall). What I can say at this point is that I have no doubt that there are some real serious issues that need to be discussed and worked out by both sides (Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin where are you?).

With that in mind I can also say that:

- If your reasoning for being against it revolves around something Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, WorldNetDaily, or Chuck Norris (come on you must be kidding, Chuck Norris?) is preaching, please go back to looking for Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.

- If your doubts on the health care reform legislation has something to do with anything Sarah Palin has to say on her facebook page, i.e. "death squads", maybe you should start listening to what Rush/Hannity/Beck have to say as it would be a step in the right direction.

Finally read the bill (pdf alert) or at least the sections that you think you have issues with, turn off the conspiracy theory mindset, and read. Once you are open to at least understanding what is really in the bill maybe you will then be able to see the ridiculousness of statements like this by someone who is so blinded by their disdain for government involvement that they can't see the irony:

It involves the government telling free Americans how to live their lives, how to spend their money (as it takes their money to pay for this abomination), dictates what doctors they can see and what health care procedures they can have.

Hint: Substitute "insurance company" with "government" and read it again.

Issues as important as fixing our broken healthcare system need to be discussed and debated openly and honestly. It should  not be rushed through in a couple of months as the Obama administration had pushed for or thrown away completely because of misinformation brought forward by those whose motives are at best suspect.

4 comments:

  1. I don't know about you, but I've read to page 270 of the bill (the only one that's been published for the public) and so far, I'm troubled with the immense power the bill gives to the executive branch.

    And it's a lot easier to discuss issues "openly and honestly" without the Speaker of the House suggesting that the opposition carries swastikas.

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  2. And it's a lot easier to discuss issues "openly and honestly" without the Speaker of the House suggesting that the opposition carries swastikas.

    I agree the opposition doesn't carry swastikas as Herseth-Sandlin's sister from a different mother suggests, they just paint them on the signs of Democratic Congress members' offices and depict Obama as Hitler on placards which definitely adds substance to the debate in between shouting matches don't you think?

    Seriously, I am still far from finished reading the bill as well (HR3200 that is) but besides being unable to find the "death squad" provision that Palin talks about or the taxpayer paid abortion clause which is the latest strawman argument, I am thoroughly unimpressed with what is actually in the bill because as you know if you listen the the "talking heads" on TV, those are all must haves for the Democrats.

    Sorry for the snark but trying to figure out the wheat from the chaff is getting increasingly more difficult. Hopefully some combination of this bill and the 4 other House bills and 1 in the Senate end up being be a step in the right direction if they ever see the light of day.

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  3. And it's a lot easier to discuss issues "openly and honestly" without the Speaker of the House suggesting that the opposition carries swastikas.

    I agree the opposition doesn't carry swastikas as Herseth-Sandlin's sister from a different mother suggests, they just paint them on the signs of Democratic Congress members' offices and depict Obama as Hitler on placards which definitely adds substance to the debate in between shouting matches don't you think?

    Seriously, I am still far from finished reading the bill as well (HR3200 that is) but besides being unable to find the "death squad" provision that Palin talks about or the taxpayer paid abortion clause which is the latest strawman argument, I am thoroughly unimpressed with what is actually in the bill because as you know if you listen the the "talking heads" on TV, those are all must haves for the Democrats.

    Sorry for the snark but trying to figure out the wheat from the chaff is getting increasingly more difficult. Hopefully some combination of this bill and the 4 other house bills and 1 in the Senate end up being be a step in the right direction if they ever see the light of day.

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  4. As far as reform, Pres. Obama is quite popular, and he's got a Democrat controlled House and Congress. If he - and other liberals - thinks that this is what Americans want, why all the belly-aching about Rush Limbaugh or some protesters in middle America? All the whining about ring-wingers opposed to government regulation is kinda silly.

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