Another day and the healthcare debacle is still in crisis. Democratic leadership is still pushing for a vote this week, which now will be Sunday at the earliest. Mr. Obama told Fox news yesterday that he is not worried about the procedural maneuvers his comrades are using to get it passed (never mind the constitutionality of what they are doing…a lot of Saul Alinsky in that type of thinking as well). He said the American people should not worry about it either. Maybe he does not want us to pay attention to that stuff, but I would hardly call it un-important and I would certainly worry. Just yesterday the labor unions showed up again at the White House to make sure their dirty deal was still good. But do not worry, that is just procedural stuff.
The pressure is certainly there from the liberal base. Rep. Stupak, who says he will vote against the bill because it allows funding for abortion, has had to unplug his home phone because of the continuous stream of obscene and threatening phone calls. I saw that some members of the Catholic church have turned and now are supporting the bill. The article says they broke with the church. That is not entirely true…they broke with God. Obama has been putting the pressure on as well. He personally lobbied Kucinich who has now turned and he threatened others by saying he would not help the political re-election campaigns of those who vote against him. I guess anything goes at this point.
The CBO this morning released a report that the yet to be written bill will in fact reduce the deficit over the next decade. But the foundry blows that out of the water with their post this morning. Personally I am kind of tired of writing about the same details so you can read it here if you wish.
Even if this legislation does get enough votes on Sunday, that is certainly not the end of story for this abomination. There are serious funding problems as illustrated by Walgreen’s decision to not take any more Medicaid patients in Washington State. There is also the analysis of the Massachusetts treasurer who says this legislation will completely destroy the economy within 4 years. They should know. After all, they do have universal healthcare there (and it is failing after about 4 years). There are also the constitutional issues. One state has already signed legislation to sue the federal government if it is passed and 37 other states have legislation pending. Hopefully Congress uses a little common sense and it does not come to that, but who knows at this point.
On to a slightly different point…As we all know, it is much easier to criticize other ideas than it is come up with ideas ourselves. But there are good ideas out there. Not only for healthcare, but for other areas of our lives as well. Ideas that promote capitalism and freedom from an overbearing federal government. Not ones that just make people more dependent. So in the near future I plan on posting some of these ideas to see what others may think. I will certainly not come up with any ‘never thought of before’ original ideas, but they may be new to some people. After all, the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources (10 nerd points if you tell me who I stole that from). Anyways…criticizing all the time kind of wears on me so hopefully breaking it up with some positive ideas will be helpful.