Just a short time ago, members of the Senate passed their own version of health care reform with the vote being strictly partisan. Several Democrats boasted that this is indeed, a true Christmas present for many Americans who cannot afford health insurance. While this may be true for a few and very small minority of Americans, what about the rest of us who really like our health insurance?
When I think of reforming something, I always think of making a particular process or product better and I fail to see what exactly will be made better with this bill. The first glaring thing I noticed is that 25 million people will still not be insured. I thought the primary goal of this piece of legislation is to make sure all Americans are covered? If that many folks are still not covered, then there are some serious flaws in this bill.
The price tag of this bill is another thing that jumps out. So how are we suppose to pay for this sweeping reform? I still have a very hard believing the cost of insurance will actually go down with this bill. In fact, I can see just the opposite. Premiums are bound to go up for many folks, especially the younger people who are the ones with the least need for coverage. And of course, cuts to Medicare will have a great impact to those who need health care the most, our seniors. For those who think cutting the waste out of Medicare will be enough to pay for this bill and not affect seniors, you guys are extremely delusional! I simply do not trust that a bunch of politicians and bureaucrats will accomplish something like this. Does anyone out there really believe this will happen?
Probably my biggest concern about this health care reform is what will become of the quality of care in this country. With many more people having access to health care, can you imagine the wait that one will go through just to see the doctor? Believe me, just ask the folks in Canada what it is like to wait for a simply procedure to happen. It is bound to happen here in the states as well. I simply cannot believe that our quality of care will actually get better. It will be a total nightmare with long waits to see the doctor and a strong potential of having government rationed health care due to a lack of funds.
There are so many other concerns I have about health care reform but overall, will this make our system much better? I have serious doubts and all Americans should be concerned about what is happening with this debate. We will all be affected by this and it is unfortunate that a few Democrats are not listening to the voices of the American people. 60 percent of Americans do not support this bill. It seems like this debate is more about a power struggle of ideologies in Washington instead of truly reforming health care. For those Democrats who voted for this bill and especially Ben Nelson, you guys all deserve a big lump of coal in your stockings this Christmas. And come next November, some of you will get deservedly get voted out of office.