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Wherever you stand on health care reform, even if you don’t stand anywhere, this past Sunday’s vote to change our health care system was historic.
It is no less than the bill that enacted Medicare, and all Americans should be paying attention to what is happening right now in Congress.
I am happy to see something finally happen, although it’s a watered-down version of the original idea. I think the problem with “single-payer plan” and “public option” was language. It’s too bad that happened when they could have just called it “Medicare for everybody,” or something simple as that.
“Single-payer plan” sounds like something to do with taxes, and “public option” is worse; it reminds one of something you have to do in prison. I am certain if they changed the names it would have had an effect.
Of course the Tea Partiers and others are screaming the sky is falling, and worse than that. You have to live in a bubble if you didn’t see the video clip of the man sitting on the ground with Parkinson’s disease who was blasted by the men yelling and throwing dollar bills at him. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s on YouTube.)
Yes, this has polarized our country yet again, but let’s try and keep it civil. I know even the Tea Party folks were upset when some of their own yelled the “N” word and spat at a group of Congressional Black Caucus members, during a demonstration last weekend in Washington.
This bill, as imperfect as it is, will prevent insurance companies from some of the horrors they have visited on sick people. For example, no more saying “no” to pre-existing conditions. And now that the bill has passed, it will at least be a start. It can be worked on. President Obama has campaigned hard for it and met with Democrats who were against the bill, who now have voted yes.
The amazing thing is that 32 million uninsured people will have a chance to have insurance, and not die, maybe. I can’t understand why anyone would not see the good in that.
We have a large group here in the South that, so much of the time, votes against its own best interest. It is not a government takeover; it will encourage competition but not force people to change their existing plans they want to keep.
I’m thrilled to see this positive and historic action for health care in our nation.
Joan Burke is a guest columnist for The Anderson News.