Saturday, December 19, 2009

I Know How to Guarantee Passage of a Worthwhile Health Care Reform Bill: A BogsBlog Special Edition

Pete Bogs here, with a new post about the ongoing health care reform debate in the United States.

In case you don’t remember, this all began with the suggestion of making health care available and affordable for all Americans. Unassailable, on the face of it. But the response by many of our citizens could cause an unobservant observer to believe that President Obama had announced his intention to give every man, woman and child a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the taxpayers’ dime. In other words, something extravagant and unnecessary, rather than, say, a matter of life and death.

Even some of Jesus’ most ardent followers, who bemoan the disappearance of prayer from public institutions, are making a racket at the suggestion of extending healthcare to all. Apparently healing the sick and helping the poor were not among JC’s lessons in their version of the Good Book. Apparently these folks are also very choosy about which Christian values should be incorporated into government policy: Prayer, yes; aiding those in need, no.

I know how to get real health care reform to pass in Congress. And by that I don’t mean this watered-down disappointment that some are still insisting gives away too much to the deadbeats, single moms and minorities. I am talking about a full-on health care overhaul that includes a socialist-public-option-universal-coverage-single-payer-system that also enables people to get cheap drugs from Canada and allows Medicare to be extended. How do we do it?

Insert it as an earmark into the next defense appropriations bill, which few Democrats or Republicants would dare fail to support, lest they be labeled as "weak on defense," anti-American or pro-terrorist.

Generally, I oppose the practice of stuffing provisions – especially non-germane ones – into bills. You know, like when an education funding bill inexplicably also contains funds for new highways. Sometimes these are “poison pills” inserted by lawmakers who wish to kill the whole bill using unpopular amendments. Often they are snuck in in the hope that no one will notice (a tactic which could be useful here). But health care is germane to national defense. As I asked non-rhetorically in an earlier BogsBlog post:

Isn’t keeping Americans alive and healthy the common goal of both our defense system and our health care system? How can you say you want to prevent an anthrax attack from terrorists upon your neighbor, yet not be concerned about preventing or treating a naturally occurring cancer or infection in that same neighbor? How can you want to stop bullets and bombs from raining down upon someone, but be completely indifferent were they to be injured in another context?

Health care is part and parcel of keeping Americans safe and in one piece. So some principled politician – I think Russ Feingold is one of the last ones left – should jam it into a defense bill. And Russ, do me a favor: Jam it in there hard, and without using lubricant.

We need to end the health care reform debate and force the dirty hands of corrupt, greedy, misguided, pitiless (yet pitiful) politicians who use fear, distortions and outright lies to keep America sick. It’s perhaps fortunate that those lawmakers enjoy free, top-of-line, government-run, socialistic health care, because they are perhaps the sickest people of all. Cough Joe Lieberman cough.

Well, that’s about it from Pete Bogs for 2009. Maybe we’ll see each other in the blogosphere next year. I wish you all happy holidays; especially you, Bill O’Reilly, and the war-on-Christmas crowd.

PS: See recent BogsBlog posts for more on sick people and health care.


Karen said...

"Well, that’s about it from Pete Bogs for 2010"

um, you did mean 2009, right... can't imagine you gone for over a year! :o)

Jack K. said...

I think you may be onto something here. Linked the posting on my FB page.

Pete Bogs said...

Karen - You're right, I am getting ahead of myself! Thanks for coming by.

Jack - Is that you looking like James Dean? Thanks so much for the link, my friend. All the best to you and yours.

Karen said...

He does look like James Dean... one handsome dude!

dianne said...

Thanks for stopping by Pete, nice to hear from you again.
I was over here before reading this post of yours and have been thinking about what you have proposed.
Could the cost of health care for all Americans be covered by a cut of the defense budget? If so that would be a good idea.
As I said once before we have Medicare here which is a levy on taxable income but all people are covered.
Good and affordable health care is so important and it should be available to all people, not just the wealthy and politicians. ♡

bearly domesticated boneman said...

You know what's Irish and stays out all night?
Patty O'Furniture!
You always remind me of Patty. He climbed into a vat of beer, and drowned.
Oh, how sad! Couldn't get out?
Oh no...he had climbed out three or four times to take a pee....

Only, of course, it's a vat of GUINESS!

Just a joke.

Yeah, I see the last of the insurance companies and pharmacies and med equipment folk are pulling out all the stops, now.
Buying big name editorialists to bad mouth Obama's pplan for sheap healthcare and help for the poverty stricken.
Oddly, the battle also seems to occur on yet another front (with Mike Moore in the middle of it) To continue the original premise of war (getting that laughing bastard out of the mountains and shaking him to his core...but now we are hearing that Obama has become a war-monger like his predecessor (that I doubt) and is single backhandedly shipping the country lock, stock, and barrel to a cave just East of hell.

Change is DUE!

Pete Bogs said...

dianne - Good words from someone who has the kind of health care system which scares so many Americans. And considering that I think health care and defense are part of the same effort, your suggestion of using defense funds make a lot of sense. Thanks for coming by.

boney - Indeed, the time for change is now. Significant change. This plan isn't. Disappointing.

Bird said...

I recently read (I think in the New Repbulic) an article (or two) which actually showed the economic advantage of the plan (for those who say no progress has been made) for a family of four with an annual gross income of 25K, 50K and some others. Not too shabby a deal.'

However, I am opposed to any healthcare bill that systematically imposes an extra burden on women by requiring them to buy extra insurance to cover abortion. What bullshit. I realize that the Feds have not paid for abortions in the past, but we're not talking welfare here, we're talking healthcare plans that although subsidized, are still paid for by individuals. If we effectively limit health care for over 50% of the population - that's not reform - that's discrimination.

By the by- Happy Holidays to you Bogs and Happy New Year!

K9 said...

pete: happy new year. whatever the morons in washington do, ive completely reconfigured my approach to the whole structure as best i can. its the only sane thing to do (from my point of view)
i wish you a swell 2010 and lots of foamy guiness.

Pete Bogs said...

bird - nice to see you! there are indeed many reasons to hate the "compromise" bill, first and foremost that there were any compromises at all... we want a thorough, robust bill, not this watered-down crap... FWIW, Nelson and Lieberman are scum... Feingold 2012!!!

k9 - long time no paw, dog... yeah, I think some reconfiguration is in order all around... btw, had another great family Xmas gathering with talk of Glenn Beck's 9/12 project and Obama's complete lack of redeeming human values, from a loving Christian perspective... good stuff... thanks for the good wishes... back at ya!

K9 said...

Uh Oh. Glenn Beck makes me sick. see my end of year review for why. Happy New Year!!

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - that's quite a list... nice to see you here!

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Cosmic Navel Lint said...

Nice piece. Covered some of this, though not all, in a piece I did:

Scenes from the US healthcare debate