“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed the highly debated, highly criticized healthcare reform bill. While I understand that our current healthcare system is flawed at best, I can not fully believe that this healthcare bill is the be-all end-all magic cure that our Country not only needs but deserves.
While it is fantastic that the current pre-existing conditions clause will be removed. No one should be discriminated against for being sick. An insurance company should not be able to deny coverage because of an illness you suffered as a child. An insurance company should not be able to cancel your policy because you get sick. Isn’t that the whole point of insurance? We pay into it for years and years and then when we really need it they drop us. We are too costly. Too much of a liability for them. I know that this needs to change. I’m happy to know that insurance companies will now be held accountable.
I am, however, against the idea that everyone will now be REQUIRED to have health insurance. The idea that a person will be penalized if they choose or can not afford to purchase health insurance is CRAZY! Yes, I think health insurance should be more accessible. Yes, I think health insurance should be more affordable. But mandatory? I’m sorry, but I can’t get behind that.
Beyond all of the details of the Healthcare Reform Bill that I don’t agree with or don’t fully understand, my main issue is with our government. It is obvious that the majority of the American people are not supportive of this plan and yet the President and the House Democrats ignored the people that elected them, the people that they are supposed to be working in the best interest of and just plowed on ahead with what appeared to be a complete disregard to what their constituents wanted. Nancy Pelosi’s arrogance in blatantly ignoring the questions and “we’re going to pass it anyway” attitude was beyond sickening.
I’m really not trying to pick a fight. And honestly I don’t think this is a Republican vs. Democrat issue (I also think we are way past that – there hasn’t been a clear party line for years). I just think that we deserve better. We deserve a bi-partisan plan. A plan that WE (the American people) actually want not one that a bunch of politicians tell us that we do.
This plan that was passed yesterday made history, but only time will tell if that is a good thing…