Monday, March 22, 2010

Choke on This Change, Bitches!

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

President Obama and the Congress have passed a version of the long-in-the works health care reform bill – a development that, if the media are to be believed, is of historic significance. I cannot fully support the bill, due to the exclusion of a public option/universal coverage/single payer system and the inclusion of a requirement to purchase health insurance (a giveaway to the industry, who shouldn't be gaining from this). But at the same time, if Republicants are so ardently opposed to the bill – all “nays” during yesterday’s voting – that does make it look more attractive.

One thing is certain: If their party makes gains in the next election cycle, Republicants will point to this health care vote, ignoring the fact that the minority party historically picks up votes following an election cycle that handed control to a single party (a consequence of our flawed two-party system). Until then, they can sit and spin.

4 comments:

connell said...

I highly expect that the time gap between the positive vote for and then the establishment date prediction (2016) has as much to do with beating out the wrinkles within it.

Jack K. said...

It could be the old technique of give a lot, get a little. It is sometimes sold as give a little, get a lot.

I suspect the historic significance is that we got a bill at all. Now the real "fun" begins, make a bill that will truly serve the people.

Pete Bogs said...

connell - Wish I could say I believe Dems will be able to improve or add to this over time, but it's a miracle this happened at all. I am not hopeful at this point.

Jack - Let's hope it makes a difference for a lot of people.

Nishant said...

It is sometimes sold as give a little, get a lot.
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