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Yay! (kinda)

Health care reform: passed. Even if it turned out to mostly be health insurance reform, it's definitely a huge step forward.

This bill is flawed. For awhile, I was ready to declare it worse than nothing and wash my hands of the whole thing, thanks to the Stupak Amendment and the lack of a public option. Fortunately, I was talked down from that position: the expansion of Medicaid, the insurance exchanges, and most especially the new regulations that will block the insurance companies from dropping people once they get sick are all good and important, and we will be better off to have them.

This doesn't keep me from being irritated at how the Democrats let Obama's stubborn hope for "bipartisan support" (support that the Republicans were never going to provide) take over the process for so long, not to mention their total inability to get their message into the media (but what else is new?). And of course the whole Stupak/Nelson/abortion-as-political-football aspect of the negotiations makes me see red; please, Michigan Democrats, somebody please mount a primary challenge against this guy! It seems likely that history will judge this a victory for Obama and the Democrats, although how the voters will feel in November is anybody's guess.

But we can worry about that later. For now, we can thank Nancy Pelosi, and hope that the GOP's plan of total obstruction screws them over as badly in the long term as David Frum seems to think it will.


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Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Well...as a Michigan democrat...

Do I agree with Stupak's views? No. But I do respect his convictions. He rejects abortion on religious grounds, and it is the one thing that he will hold out on no matter what. He has a voting record that is 100% against abortion. Even if I don't agree with it, I do hope that if there's something that's that against my beliefs I'll have the same strength to fight for it, even if I risk losing any support I may have.

That being said, I'm glad it's passed, it's definitely better than nothing. Losing my parent's health care when I graduate has been a big concern for me, as has finding new insurance, because I could potentially be turned down for being treated by a dermatologist for acne. I'm really glad that the provisions about pre-existing conditions and allowing a kid to stay on their parents insurance 'till they turn 26 made it through to the end.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I am torn on that question. Should an elected official stand up for his or her personal convictions, or should they take the desires and needs of their constituants into primary consideration? I don't have a straightforward yes-or-no answer for that one.

It does appear that a serious primary challenger has filed, so his constituants will get to make the ultimate decision, as they should. Are you in Stupak's district?

I totally agree with the things you like. I know a lot of people who could benefit from staying on their parents insurance for longer!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Sadly, I'm not. I'm in McCotter's district. Although he walks a pretty middle ground though, so I don't mind too much. And everytime I've written him a letter I've got an intelligent response. Other ones I've written just send back the "blah blah thank you for your concerns blah blah they've been noted blah blah these are my views but I'm giving you no reason as to why I hold them blah blah"

Yeah, the way I see it, the extra 4 years gives graduating students enough time to get a decent job and start saving so that when they do get to be 26, they're able to pay for their own insurance and afford the necessities.
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