Health Care For All – But at what cost?

March 23, 2010
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The Democrats celebrated a triumph when the health care reform bill passed Sunday.

It was a victory for the 30 million or so Americans who cannot afford to have health insurance.

It was also a victory for those who have children or family members applying for health insurance with pre-existing conditions.

They can no longer be denied.

In addition, it comes as good news for those out there who have homes and retirement accounts that might otherwise be taken to pay for medical care.

This won’t be happening anymore.

Health care reform has finally begun.

But the main question for many people and for all the Republicans in Congress – as not one Republican voted for the bill – is how much will it cost? And will any funding be used for abortions?

Republicans get real fired up about the government. They tend to hate spending money for the people, especially for those who can’t afford health insurance as if to say – if they can’t take care of themselves, too bad. Let them get sick and let them die and let their children and elderly die.

It was correct to go to Afghanistan then to Iraq where we’ve spent $1 trillion – and for what?

More than 3,000 brave Americans have died, another 300,000 have been wounded and for what?

This is the legacy of George Bush and Dick Cheney.

We live with it everyday.

Some Republicans on the floor of the House Sunday evening during the debate were all twisted up about health care reform. Listening to them, one after the other, spouting about God and country, one might have thought the future of the American Republic was at risk – that by giving 30 million have-nots health insurance the empire would be brought to a state of collapse.

There is no doubt health care reform is going to be costly.

But there is absolutely not a hint of question that health care reform was necessary, as Social Security solvency is necessary as Medicare solvency is necessary.

Here in Revere there will be sighs of relief among those thousands who do not have health insurance, who have children with pre-existing conditions and who stand to lose their homes and retirements to runaway health care costs.

The Republicans have sworn to fight on against the bill that has been passed.

They want to make sure abortions are not paid for out of this bill and to make sure as well that those who are born into poverty instead of being aborted, are guaranteed no health insurance.

The Republicans wouldn’t give needy Americans ice in the winter.

In time, the health care reform bill will be deemed a great piece of the great society we live in – but not right now.

  • Ashley

    I cannot afford health care. I have a child, and my husband and I also have health issues. However, I still would not and do not support this bill. I also do not believe that just because one is denied an abortion due to lack of governent funding means that that child will be born into poverty. At least that child will be born, live, breathe. But let's not get into that debate. “In time…it will be deemed great” But how much time? I don't feel abortion should be funded through taxpayers dollars because not every agrees with abortion. That's like forcing someone to contribute to something they are morally against, is it not? I thought this was the land of the free…

  • brainlara24

    You can get full medical coverage at the lowest price from http://bit.ly/c78ZsC

  • Dee_88

    Ashley, the first ammendment to the bill (which was strongly supported by Republicans) “…bans federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance “exchange” the bill would create.” The only exceptions would be in “…cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.”

    Referenced from the following article at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/07/health.c

    Also, if you truly cannot afford health care, you would support this bill. I suggest you read up on the details, & not buy into the conservative spin until researching a bit further.

  • tombrown1sgretired

    America is a wonderful country. If a person has the patience, sits on the front porch long enough. They will collect welfare, food stamps, section 8, fuel assistance, health coverage, baby sitting and now cell phones. I'm just so proud of hard working Americans who provide these services. I to was one of these unfortunate types. I returned from Vietnam after serving 17 monthes as a Grunt. Worked for Ma Bell for four years. They laid off 3900 workers on a Friday with no notice. I had a new wife and son. Unemployment was 13 %. Jimmie Carter had the reins. Oh my! What to do. Well, I got off my butt. Reenlisted in the Army. Stayed 25 years. Raised three wonderful children and now I have ten grandchildren. I refused to give up and was to proud to collect from America. This is the land of oppertunity its all ther, just get off your butt.

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