22 December 2009

The Healthcare Nightmare Goes On

This healthcare disaster is indicative of everything wrong with Washington DC and American politics in general. We have corruption, bribery, extortion, closed-door meetings, big business and big union special interest group payoffs, and an accounting scam that any private citizen would end up in federal prison for. Ten years worth of taxes to pay for 6 years of "benefits" that won't begin until late 2012. Sounds like a great deal. If you buy that, then I guess Barnum was right. I think we can all agree that healthcare is a problem and it needs to be reformed. We need the right reform and this bill is an unmitigated disaster for America. There is clearly no rush so why not start over and do this honestly. This is the season for redemption. Congress and president Obama could redeem themselves in my eyes if they stopped trying to ram this bill down the throats of the American people. The people don't want this bill. The gov't is supposed to work for us, not vice versa. It would be very wise for them to scrap the bill, go home, and then come back next year and start fresh. They could craft a more effective reform bill that would have instantaneous benefit for people. If they began with an honest debate and conducted the process with clarity and transparency perhaps the American people would support it. Maybe we could come together and present some common sense reforms that would not destroy the economy and cripple us with debt. But then I guess that would require a Christmas miracle.