What’s the deal, health care reform naysayers?

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.

*POINT*

We’re killing old people.

*POINT*

We’re killing choice.

*POINT*

We’re giving free health care to illegals.

*POINT*

We’re rationing health care!

*POINT*

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.

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2 responses to “What’s the deal, health care reform naysayers?

  1. Nancy

    You forgot the death panels!

  2. Alicia

    Hey Marney. Nice blog. 🙂 I got into it huge with someone a couple weeks ago, on facebook, over all this. See, we have insurance. Yes, we’re lucky. But my husband’s company is small to medium sized and we still pay up the butt. 3 out of 4 of us in my little fam have been hospitalized this year. Plus two bizarre health issues with the kids. We thought we were sitting pretty when MIL died last year with lots of retirement savings still around (she was only 69). Well kiss it all goodbye, wish we hadnt bought the Odyssey or gone to the Bahamas, because the hospitals took it all, everything, and then everything else. We have a list of deductibles a mile long. We pay 20% of everything in addition to those deductibles, and our per person max out is $5000. That’s $20,000 per year in charges allowed to us by our ins comp. And what they take out of Jeff’s check is beyond ridiculous, for what we get. I mean get this, you know my girls births were by the book basic. Practically could have had them in the bushes. But our of pocket expenses for each were about $4000. I was told if I needed a c-sect it would be $7500+. You bet your ass I cried with relief the second both came out the old fashioned way!

    His company cant get a better deal because of their small size. But if there was a gov option I dont think Blue Cross would let them walk out the door, there would suddenly be a better offer on the table that didnt exist before- magically.

    Ok I’m done bitching.

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