As an independent thinker and voter, TSB turned on the DVR last night and marveled in amazement at the pomp and circumstance that has come to be known as the Great American Healthcare Reform debate. It's embarrassing when grown men and women dance the minuet, while pandering to the needs of the American people.
Not once did I hear anyone address how the structure of the anti-trust laws have allowed the insurance industry to create a monopolized industry, allowing them to collude with one another, while controlling healthcare reimbursements and policy rates. Yes readers, there was a lot of perception deception by both parties when it comes down to the facts. Maybe, if both parties could get their facts straight, there could be some resolve to this bill.
What we found out is that there is some common ground but the challenge is a philosophical one as to what road we travel to arrive at reform. We heard fibs on premiums, misinformation of the CBO's analysis on coverage and cost, declarations that "reconciliation" has never been used for something like this, forgetting that it was used to push through both of W's tax cuts at a cost of $1.8 trillion, twice the cost of healthcare reform, how to deal with pre-existing conditions, and partisanship at its finest. Maybe part of the challenge for the POTUS is that he is attempting to promulgate bipartisanship in a town only know for partisanship.
Regardless, the one thing that we do know is that our healthcare system is costly and dysfunctional. How many of our readers are sick and tired of listening to these elected officials continue to hide behind their comments that we have the best healthcare system in the world. If we did, would we be having this debate? Would the system have spiraled out of financial control? If Americans believe that we have the best, then my advice is don't complain when your premiums escalate to the point of being unaffordable. Yet, this bill is not only about the concerns of healthy people, it is also applicable to those less fortunate, meaning that they are sick and need care, regardless of how accountable or irresponsible they have been for their own health. Isn't it absurd that after all this time, officials continue to argue that we should start over?
You don't have to like Obama, but the one thing you must respect about him is that he is providing the Republicans with an opportunity to offer intelligent and palpable solutions. If the Democrats resort to reconciliation, the Republicans only have themselves to blame. The bigger question is, why are we voting these people into office and then re-electing them if they continue to behave and legislate in the best interest of their own self-interest, while being influenced by lobbyists bribes?