Good History Or Bad History?

Today, House Democrats unveiled their massive health care bill (1,990 pages worth) and Speaker Pelosi called it a historic moment. I suppose that is  a true statement. But, upon reflection, that doesn’t in and of itself make it good. After all, there is good history and there is  bad history. It is somewhat early to know which one this will be.

The President was excited about it. He called the event  another milestone in the health care reform effort. There was  a big ceremony on the steps of the Capitol which was apparently an RSVP event. You or I or just any random person could not have joined in the celebration. I watched  a couple of videos, one including  a Capitol police officer where  people  were politely but firmly told they could not enter if they weren’t on the list. One gatekeeper smilingly said that it could be viewed on C-SPAN. Another example of openness and transparency in government.

Listen to these words from Speaker Pelosi:…”covers 96 per cent of all Americans (by 2013 that is) and it puts affordable coverage in reach of uninsured and underinsured Americans, lowering health care costs for all of us.” Now, I don’t know , but that seems like quite an ambitious thing. I ould just be thrilled to get  a straight, no frills answer to this question? If I have good health care and  like  it, will it change? Being unable to ask that question of anyone in power, I shall make a guess. No! That would not be the answer but betcha you  could get good Las Vegas odds on it. While I am being completely frivolous, here  is question #2. Will the plan be deficit neutral? Alas, see above answer.

Just one more thing, you had to like Pelosi’s use of the word us, referring I guess to Congress which already has the best health care money can buy. So I hope that the Speaker and Reps Dingell and Conyers and Hoyer et. al enjoy themselves.I just worry that there are roosting chickens in this legislation that will come home to us.

Or, to put it another way. This  is  a Democrat bill, for good or bad. If it doesn’t do all that they promise it will, where will the blame fall?


October 29, 2009 - Posted by | Health, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. 1900 page health care bill was not done in a few days, the democrats had to be working on the bill behind closed doors for weeks or months, so why did they have commitees coming up with bills during that time.
    Obama has laid it all down on the Obama government take over of health care and if he does not get something passed then he just as well forget 2012 and I think if a government ran health care is passed he done anyways.

    Tarheeltalker asked: ” This is a Democrat bill, for good or bad. If it doesn;t do all that they promise it will, where will the blame fall?”
    My answer: Fox News
    Now I will ask, do you really think the democrats will get something passed this year?

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 30, 2009 | Reply

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