…when the democrats are ever eager to do the Republican’s bidding?
Honestly, when your bill ends up being offered by the “loyal opposition” time and time again, why worry? Heck, you might want to lose a bit more so that your revolution goes faster with less opposition.
Let’s look at the present version of the bill and compare it to a prediction that I had made a few weeks before:
- Health Insurance Becomes Mandatory. Yep. In The Bill. Complete with a fine for not being insured. It’s via a tax, so the government gets to know if you’re insured or not.
- No Public Option. Of course not. We’ll have to get our citizen identity (didn’t that used to be a social security card?) from the private insurance companies. Co-ops are supposed to fit in here, but you know they’ll be small-scale and will probably be legislated into de facto nonexistence should they actually become a force.
- No Laws Mandating Insurance Must Be Given. Supposedly mandatory coverage includes mandatory giving of coverage, plus limits on how wildly one can be charged. We’ll see if that stands up; watch the wording shift around.
- Emergency Rooms and Other Urgent Care Places No Longer Legally Bound to Serve Whomever Comes In. Not yet. Give it a few years, when people start preferring to pay the 1-2K to the government to “self-insure” themselves.
- Money From Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Will Help Out. Just like people arrested for pot insure that rapists and murderers go free (you honestly think the right want anything else?), be assured that eventually it will become a crime to be medically uninsured. Never mind the easiest thing to do would be Single Payer (or some variant thereof), Health Insurance Profits must be expanded, and those who don’t participate must be punished.
- Medicaid and Medicare Will Be Privatized. Already Mitch Daniels is being talked up by Republican talkers as a possible Presidential Candidate in 2012. His claim to fame: Privatizing the Indiana Toll Road (and promising to toll a few other expressways in Indiana. Considering how long one can travel on Indiana Expressways between interchanges, it can actually be done much easier than in other states). He’s also privatized Medicare in the state, although it seems the only ones who know about it are the overworked former government employees (and those trying to get on who now find it impossible to do so). So already it’s been done on the state level somewhere, and the guy who did it has become a rising star in the Republican Party.
- “Health Liability Insurance” Will Be Offered. Not yet, but someone’s already got the product prepared in all but release date for that eventuality. It, too, will allow the companies to reject the holder in case the person does something that pisses enough of the right people off.
The fact is I didn’t vote for the Democrats so they could cravenly cave in to every demand from the losers I voted against. I also didn’t vote for a guy who couldn’t turn his back on an audience or a camera claiming to shoot him for the television screen. I also didn’t vote to have my citizenship in The United States proven by some private company that I have to pay money to so they can have the privilege of saying that I indeed have fulfilled the responsibilities of being a citizen (i.e. having lined the pockets of certain private corporations so the rich can get their fair share of my money).
It’s not a situation which I like, and the fact that “public options” keep showing up on the bills only to get voted down by the slaves of the health insurance companies shows that at least a few folks still try to represent the people.