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.