The Object Of Our Affections

The attention of the average American has been riveted this week and last, to judge by the news coverage, by the saga of Tiger Woods and his slowly self-destructing marriage and personal life. Day after day, the news media updated us as each new mistress appeared, as each new event unfolded at his home, each sponsor decided to how best to decouple themselves from his falling star. We were kept abreast of his notable absence from the public eye, told that even his friends couldn’t find him.

Meanwhile, in Washington the health care reform effort is turning into a charade. The Senate Democrats are seemingly intent on surrendering the field without a fight, apparently out of fear of Joe Lieberman. What began in the spring with overwhelming public support backing a badly-needed reform of the complex absurdity we call a health care system has turned into a welfare plan for the health insurance industry, with no public option or early buy-in for Medicare, but with a requirement that everyone buy insurance. I think I’d love to have a product that the government said everyone had to buy. Far from providing competition in the insurance industry, by assuring sales this removes any pressure to reduce costs or improve service. How did we arrive at this point? Through a combination of timidity on the part of the Democrats in the Senate and deliberate distortion and scare-mongering on the part of the Republicans. We’ve allowed the “keep the government’s hands off my Medicare” crowd to batter the gates of sense and sensibility with their oversimplifications, misinformation, and plain old ignorance.

And so, this bill will probably pass the Senate, health care costs will continue to rise, and the insurance and pharmaceutical companies will continue to rake in cash from the ranks of a people who apparently are so opposed to health care as the rest of the world knows it that they’ll pay more to avoid it. I feel sick.

December 16, 2009 В· Harry В· One Comment
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics

One Response

  1. loren - December 17, 2009

    I hope the DNC has the good sense never to call me asking for funds after this debacle. I\’m positive that if they don\’t strip Lieberman of his chairmanship that I\’ll never give them another dollar.

    No, I’ll limit my donations to particular candidates, and more and more I\’m looking for independents like Vermont has.

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