Health Care Reform: The Facts

Note that i said conservatives, and not just Republicans. If all the conservative or “Blue Dog” Democrats stop objections, the Republicans would be a non-issue. Given the way they are self-destructing, that may be a foregone conclusion anyway. Time will tell.

In all honesty, though it pains me to say this in writing, if those programs had not been made available to me, or if i had had lung or some other form of cancer not covered in the available programs, I would not have burdened my family with the financial responsibility of caring for me. They would never have known, unless perhaps they decided to have an autopsy performed, why I died so suddenly.

One would expect that a website that was set up to encourage people to realize the rights that were due to an immigrant would have some kind of basic understanding of the United states government. One would figure that if an organization like CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, was going to report about an issue that would effect immigrants, like the passing of the house health care bill, they would report that topic in an educated manner.

Health care is yet one more thing, the illegal aliens are trying to get a free ride on. They are said to be hardworking and industrious. They are also said to be family oriented and concerned about their lives. I have no doubt, there are many millions that are, even though they are here illegally. Yet, they do not have pride in living here. They put down roots, but don’t get involved. They just want this to be Mexico, only not just like the one they left.

The question is whether they think there is enough support for Obamacare to run it through with a procedural end-run like reconciliation or the so-called nuclear option. The problem is that once that is done, filibusters are gone. It will not take 60 votes to get the next GOP nominee for a court confirmed. Despite the debacles in 2004, 2006 and 2008, the GOP will again someday have a majority in Congress and will win the White House again. If the Democrats overplay their hands, 1993 might not repeat. They may get health care passed just as they passed Clinton’s unpopular 1993 tax bill with pressure, coercion and bribes. But 1994 might repeat as well. Remember the Contract with America? Remember the GOP taking the House for the first time in a generation?

The 60 vote cloture rule is a good check on extremism. It can’t be used for budget reconciliation because you need a budget. But Obamacare is not budget reconciliation. Even though you have the stronger team and the lead, you can’t change rules in mid-game and keep the fans. Let’s hope the Dems realize that or if they don’t, we may not need to worry about 60 Dem votes for too long.

health care reform is a tough call. We either have to make a plan to send them all home, which won’t happen ever, or we have to figure out how to keep them healthy. Which would mean letting them have access to health options. What are we going to do, take buses around to their houses, load them up and drive them back to Mexico? No! It ain’t gonna happen, people!

Over the past decade I’ve gained a lot of weight but toward the end I’ve managed to lose quite a bit. This getting old can be a pain as your body doesn’t want to do what your mind plans to. The metabolism slows down plus I’ve had a hysterectomy which knocked the hormones and cholesterol all out of whack. Just meaning I have to be more aware of what I am eating and getting more exercise. Maybe I will get a Wii and learn to beat the grandchildren and get exercise at the same time.