Thursday, January 14, 2010

Working on the Wrong Side of History

Medicare is a popular program.  If it wasn’t, it would have been gutted long ago.  If it wasn’t, individuals 65 an older wouldn’t have freaked out as much as they did last summer.  If they didn’t like it so much, threats of cuts to their benefits and talk of death panels wouldn’t have made a difference.  However, our elderly do care and, to them, it did make a difference.  And who was it that started all the scary talk?  Republicans.  The same people that fought “socialized medicine” when it was created and have tried to gut it ever since, were the same people championing Medicare as one of the greatest things the U.S. government has ever done.

Knowing how much older folks like their Government run health care benefits, it’s a safe bet that the rest of the country would like similar benefits too.  Yeah, I know that there are people in this country who think that any reforms to health care would be disastrous, even if they help them in the long run, like doing away with pre-existing condition denials. They can’t get past the “Government take-over” part, which is, in fact, completely false.  I mean, at this point, the public option is dead.  And, for those who don’t know, “public” means Government funded, as in Public School.  And since there won’t be any “public,” then there’s no need to worry about a Government take-over.

Health care reforms will pass.  The compromise will result in tougher regulations on the insurance industry, which, in theory, should benefit everybody.  In return, insurers will get millions of new customers who currently don’t have insurance.  I’m not crazy about an industry that deny coverage in the name of profit, but I see this arrangement as a start.  If you ask most folks, they’d be fine to know that they’re not going to lose their coverage due to a technicality.  Therefore, I don’t think this is such a bad deal for either the American people or the insurance industry.

Sadly, there are still those that disagree.

The Club for Growth, a major force in Republican primary politics, launched a new push today to gather candidates' signatures on a pledge to fight to repeal health care legislation, if it passes. The group says it just got its first two signatures, from Senator Jim DeMint and Rep. Jeff Flake.

The pledge: "I hereby pledge to the people of my state/district to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government."

I’d really like to know who’s growth this club is for?  It certainly doesn’t care about America’s growth.  Otherwise, they’d be constructively working to help working people and small businesses get out from the crushing weight of health care costs.  They say they want to replace whatever is coming out of Congress with “real reforms,” which is a simple way of saying, “keep everything as-is.”

With time, this health care bill will become more popular, and people will want more benefits, which they will be willing to pay for.  Like Social Security, Medicare, and Civil Rights, these guys are on the wrong side of history.

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