I wasn’t going to do it, honest. Blog about the Health Care Reform bill, that is, but these opinions just keep rattling around in my head interfering with an otherwise normal day of writing.
This reform scares me as much as the one proposed by the Clinton’s, primarily because like so many other people, I don’t think the federal government constitutionally has the right to enact such a law.
Granted the system as it operates needs to be reformed to stop the continued rise of health care costs, but there has to be a better way.
The price tag for this bill is staggering. Not only in what it will cost to implement, but what it cost in campaigning to pass it. Added to that will be the millions, perhaps billions, spent to defend it in court.
Hardly had the announcement of the bills passage been made when reports started flooding news outlets about state lawmakers who are lining up to challenge its constitutionality and wage an outside-the-Beltway war against it in the courts.
So now the government is going to spend millions to defend a bill that is going to cost billions and somehow that is good?
The other issue I have with the bill is the pork attached to it, pork that was given in exchange for votes. That is something Obama promised would not happen on his watch, and yet he was doing much of the dealing. I’m sure his defense is “that’s the way business is done in Washington” and that is true. But he promised it wouldn’t be business as usual in Washington if he was elected.
This nonsense we call politics will never change unless some brave politicos stop moving that line they will not cross until we can no longer see it.
What about you? Do you think the outcome was worth the process?