Republicans Promise Bill To Repeal Health Care Law: Bring It On!
January 4, 2011
(ChattahBox Op/Ed News) – The lunacy that will be the 112th Congress commences on Wednesday with a Republican promise to honor their campaign rhetoric to repeal Health Care Reform. Their first order of business will be to introduce a Bill that will repeal the entire Health Care Reform law and although the Bill is ill fated as it will never pass in the Senate, it does demonstrate that the Republicans do plan to hit the ground running.
For now I will ignore the arguments about how horrid what many call “Obamacare” is and how disastrous it would be for the economy and jobs because if you don’t know how misdirected those lies already are my attempt to convince you here would be a waste of words.We’ll ignore for the moment that this new Health Care law insured millions of people who had no health care options previously. It ignores the fact that the new health care law creates real competition and will have the net effect of making the cost of health care competitive and more affordable for the very first time. It ignores a lot of what is absolutely good about this law and takes the low road that the health care law is Socialism, which it definitively is NOT.
Let the Republicans bloviate all they want. Let them position themselves as keepers of promises all they want; the gift of Democrats not losing the Senate last November will be enough to turn back this effort, but beyond that what this first Republican salvo really does is delay action on issues that need attention, direction and leadership. So be it.
In another story yesterday that has caught my attention and should yours as it ties neatly into the health care conversation is that bankruptcies in this country added up to over 1.5 million people last year. Yes, last year alone 1.5 million people filed bankruptcy. The connection to the two stories should be obvious, but for those who don’t know that connection, it’s sadly that the vast majority of bankruptcies are as a DIRECT result of HEALTH CARE COSTS.
Yup, you have it all figured out now, right? A law that was decades overdo, a law that as helpful as it will be and a law that will provide real relief to families everywhere is being used once again as a political football for the purpose of scaring you into believing something that is not only untrue but eventually this law will provide measurable relief to your pocketbooks as it related to your personal medical expenses.
I’ve got to tell you if Progressives don’t see this as a rallying point this week and if they don’t seize the moment and make great noise very publically and painfully, they don’t deserve further anger.
And let me tell you one other dirty little secret. I don’t think this health care law goes nearly far enough and I am seriously considering joining a movement to lobby for single payer health care, yes, you have that right, I want the government to pay for all health care costs for every single person who LEGALLY belongs in this country as every other industrialized nation already does. Spare me your drivel about what happens in Canada and death panels, and whatever else you want to manufacture as your arguments against single payer health care, it is a time and an idea that is long over do and it is not only compassionate but humane.
I recently lost a family member after a long illness. What was horrific in the ordeal was watching my Aunt suffer and worry constantly about how the cost of his care was ruining her. At the time of his death she ended spending nearly 90% of their savings to help him die, not live. We have to find a way to get our country healthier. We have to find a way to take away the outrageous cost of being ill and streamline the way we keep people well. It’s lunacy to continue to go on the way we are.
Personally I am pleased that Republicans have chosen Obamacare as their first target as it will also be their first loss, but how the Progressive base of the Democratic Party responds to this Bill will tell me a great deal about how much fight we say we have.
It’s now time to show up.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at http://www.mediatraining.me