I’m monitoring the blogosphere and media releases. Depending on what side of the fence you sit, the health care bill was either the most wonderful piece of legislation written, or the worse. “Congress is, indeed, capable of carrying through fundamental social reform. No longer will the United States be the outlier among wealthy nations in leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage,”[ E.J. Dionne Jr.]. “This bill is a terrible mistake, because bigger government doesn’t mean better health care.” [Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas)]
Now we are in the process of attacking the constitutionality of the legislation, sainting Blessed Nancy Pelosi, or threatening retribution in November. Jeez, give me a break.
The system is broken, and if you don’t think so you either have a “Cadillac” plan or are not concerned about making the next payroll. We have legislation which was written to provide social support for a minority of the population (and some of it was needed) while the opposition did not provide any direction other than being the party of “no.” I’m sorry, but this is not what I expect of Congress. Both sides got it wrong.
What is truly sad, is that for the next several months we are going to see nothing but trench warfare with both sides lobbying grenades at each other. Very few will be willing to say that this piece of legislation had some good elements from a social perspective (pre-existing conditions; coverage protection) but did not address the fact that in two to four years escalating health costs (thanks medical system and insurance companies) will be less affordable for small business and its employees. O joy!