In Christine Lakatos' recent BC article, "Pro-life House Dems Thrown Under the Bus: 'Stupak Dozen' Stand Firm" she states, as the title suggests, that the socially conservative Dems who will not budge from their anti-abortion position to pass the health care reform bill, are being "thrown under the bus."
They should be thrown under the bus. The anti-abortion group's position is so odious as to be deserving of whatever fate they may face.
The language demanded by Stupak and friends, if adopted, would assure that only those with means can even hope to obtain an abortion. As is typical from social conservatives, it is the poor who must suffer for their (the Cons') sanctimony.
Abortion is health care. It is legal in this country if anyone would take a moment to notice — you know, just like it's legal for all you good, god fearin' folk to walk around packing heat.
So, let's condemn those without means to suffer their indiscretions, or suffer the ignominy of rape, or endanger their own health and lives — forcing them to carry unwanted children to term, so that self-righteous fundamentalists and other tight-assed prigs can thumb their noses and say, "We told you so. You're going to burn in hell, you impecunious whore!"
Health care reform is more than likely going to pass. Dennis Kucinich announced his intention to vote for the bill. I believe others will follow suit. Why? Because the failure of this bill will most assuredly be the death knell for current Dems and probably Obama's presidency. And, that's what it's all about.
The demonizing of the current health care reform bill, as I've said ad nauseam here and elsewhere, has little or nothing to do with health care or even with ideology when considering most congressional Reps. It is political. Nothing more. The Reps and most people residing here at BC of whatever ilk are absolutely soiling their Fruit of the Looms at the prospect of dumping the Dems in November and Obama in 2012 — or what would provide even more of enematic effect would be his early resignation. The country would be awash in the "Red State Runs."
The health care bill is worlds away from being what many of us pro-reformers envisioned a year ago. Reps and weak-kneed Blue Dogs have so watered it down as to render it in many ways unrecognizable, having far fewer teeth than we had hoped.
Nevertheless, it still has a number of good points — and it does not represent a government takeover of our health care system, sad to say.
But, it does represent a starting point, a departure from the unholy status quo. Personally, I'd love to see the profit motive removed from our health care system altogether. But I'm enough of a realist to know that ain't gonna happen; not while I'm drawing breath at any rate.
If this bill fails, there is absolutely no reason to believe that anyone will get up and propose any significant health care reform from either side of the aisle — probably for at least a decade, or perhaps not for a generation or more. The stench its failure will linger for many a year.
Obama has placed his presidency directly on the chopping block that is health care reform. It it fails, the axe will fall. This, of course, is contrary to what the Reps are predicting.
But give this some thought: Does anyone imagine that the Reps have any concern for the political welfare of their Dem rivals? Or might it not in fact be the direst wish of the Reps that it will somehow become a self-realizing prophecy?
Should the bill pass, people will soon come to realize that the world will not have ended. Grandma will still be allowed to wile away the hours in her rocker — or go skydiving without fear of some mobile euthanasia collecting unit turning up her street.
People will come to learn that little if anything will have changed regarding any insurance coverage they may have, and those that have none will begin to realize that access to decent health care is or soon will be a reality for them.
As it stands, maddeningly, the medical insurance providers will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank, but I think it possible that those days will end in the not too distant future.
There will doubtless be screw-ups and unintended consequences. There will be things not properly considered and issues not even thought of at all that will plague the system for some time. Yes, there will be waste and fraud. But, how is that different from the way things are now?
On balance, people will be able to obtain medical coverage for less cost. People will not be denied coverage owing to pre-existing conditions. People won't be denied coverage after certain dollar limits are met. People will be able to carry their children on their family policies until they turn 27 if they choose.
In short, there are a number of positive aspects to this reform bill. Some of the dreck will be excised over time. Not all of it, I'm sure. But enough.
The time for health care reform has arrived