Monday, March 22, 2010

Congratulations America

It was a stunted, incrementalist hodge-podge of a bill by the time the lobbyists and side deals with conservative democrats were done. Real reform would put the health insurance industry out of business altogether, while this bill will actually increase their customer base.

But the Americans have achieved some real progress towards real reform. Strong restrictions on the insurance companies ability to deny care to new customers over pre-existing conditions or take care away from existing ones if they actually try to use it have been created. Young people just starting out can stay on their parents employer insurance now until they are 25. Seniors drug bills will be reduced.

It isn't perfect and hopefully they'll keep working on real reform that doesn't cater to corporate America at the expense of main street America but its definitely a start. Congratulations America,


Matthew The Astrologer said...

It may have passed, but the Teabagging Movement conjured up by the astroturfing interests is still alive. And it's waiting for Immigration Reform.

You thought trying to make sure Americans didn't have to die on the street got ugly? Wait until the Teabaggers hear that someone wants to treat Mexicans like human beings. The Ugly is just getting started here.

Matthew The Astrologer said...

Five minutes later, I find this:

""The next big push will be amnesty for ... millions of illegal immigrants who are here," he said on his radio program.

"Obama's gonna need their votes in 2012. The Democrats are going to need their votes in every election from now on – if we have elections, and I'm not joking."

"The Constitution has just been ripped to shreds, so why is anything safe?"

-Rush Limbaugh

Cliff said...

We've talked about this before. It will be ugly, divisive and absolutely devastating for the GOP to piss on the fastest growing group of voters in America. They are just dumb enough to go on the offensive against Latinos with just months to go to the midterms.

There are Republicans sounding notes of caution amid all the huffing and puffing. Check out Frummy, trust a Canadian conservative to retain just enough sanity to realize the trap the Republicans just obligingly stepped into.

The immigration debate will rip aside the last tattered shreds of the polite fiction that the GOP is an inherently racist organization at this point.

Matthew The Astrologer said...

Speaking as someone who lives across the street from an enormous painted mural featuring Cesar Chavez... I think history may (ultimately) work out to be on the side of the angels. But there will be the Devil to pay beforehand...

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