The thing that is making me the absolute most crazy about the health care reform debate is the incessant reading and re-reading of proposed bills at various town hall meetings, on fabulous news shows, in countless blogs and uttered from the lips of the average Joe at the office, in the bar or even just hanging out with friends.
“The bill says this” and “the bill says that” and “the bill will add this” and “the bill will take away that.”
Jimminy Christmas, people, am I the ONLY person who payed attention to School House Rock?
I’m just a bill
Yes I’m only a bill,
And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
Well, now I’m stuck in committee
And I’ll sit here and wait
While a few key Congressmen discuss and debate
Whether they should let me be a law.
How I hope and pray that they will,
But today I am still just a bill.
That’s the point of the town halls among other things people, to get the information out there. Yet everyone keeps pointing at the bills and saying, LOOK WHAT THIS WILL DO.
We’re killing old people.
We’re killing choice.
We’re giving free health care to illegals.
We’re rationing health care!
Did I mention we’re killing old people?
*POINT* *POINT* *POINT*
People. It’ s just a bill. And it’s sitting there on capitol hill.
I know that I am way oversimplifying the matter. I know that there are people, on both sides of the issue, that have fiercely strong opinions. Some of them are whack jobs, some of them have valid points. But how in the hell does HB 3200, with all its good and bad points, evolve into John McCain getting booed at his own town hall when he says that he believes the President of the United States is sincere in his beliefs. Why do a group of people boo at the very thought that the President wants to aid the poorest and weakest among us in the battle for affordable and necessary health care.
Seriously, I am sick to death of hearing people say that we have the best health care system in the world. No we don’t. Not even close. The only way you have great health care is if you can afford it, and even then, your insurance company is rationing out care. I can certainly speak to that. An inquiring look at my hospital bill after my last c-section shows that I had to pay, in part, for the stitches and staples used to put me back together. So cutting the baby out, covered. But putting the mom back together…. hold on now, what’s REALLY necessary? And you know what, I have GREAT health insurance.
I cannot reach into my pocket and pull out a magical list of answers. But I know that something’s gotta give. We cannot walk around making ourselves the moral authority of the world, when we poo poo on some of the poorest among us. Walk into an emergency room and watch for a while. There are too many people out there with no way to pay, using the ER as their primary care physican, getting diagnosed only to not get a prescription filled due to lack of money, coming in way too late for their condition to be properly treated.
I don’t know what the answers are. That’s why I voted for my senators and congressmen and asked them to represent me and help find the answers. And of course, one of my senators is Rolland Burris, so I don’t exactly feel fully represented here. But I do know this — it’s only a bill. Why do we even vote these people into office if we have such little confidence that they can properly wade through the proper channels of how a bill becomes a law and represent the people of the United States.