Character of a Nation

Two years ago this week, I went into shock only to discover that I had a brain tumor. This tumor which was a cyst,  kept fluids from draining from my brain, causing a great deal of bleeding.  After spending time in ICU and under going seven hours of brain surgery, I was back in great health. The cyst did not contain cancer. This of course was far more serious than when I tore my knee up as a poor college student without health insurance. I am still making payments on that. The difference of course is that I can now afford health insurance, whereas before I could not nor could my parents; I think about the millions that cannot still. I am sad when I hear that Americans do not favor what is clearly a revolutionary decision.

I am proud of each Congressman that voted for this. You put the good of the many ahead of the good of the few. Thus, I am sad to say that you will most likely get voted out of office by those that have health insurance. My parents, who are uninsured, thank you. I thank you. Millions of Americans thank you.

Nancy Pelosi stated it well tonight when she said “health care is a right, not a privilege.”


11 thoughts on “Character of a Nation

  1. Carson:

    I am so excited. I wanted to cry. I love that people see why this needed to happen. Great post. I love your love for those without. Oh, thanks for your help at the kitchen.

  2. I used this blog post in class this morning, Carson; one of my students came in all hot about health care and whether or not it is a human right (we looked it up; according to the UN declaration, it is). I ended up ditching my lesson plans for today in favor of a really interesting conversation with my class; you would have liked it.

  3. The golden goose being led to the guillotine as the crowds cheer, “Hurrah! Hurrah!”

    If health care is a right, then we should be able to have any medical test or procedure done whenever we request it at the taxpayer’s expense?

  4. As you well know, Matt, there’s a distinct difference between enjoying a right and abusing it.

    I was going to elaborate, but I’ll leave it there for now.

  5. Yes. So government is the best way to make sure we don’t get too little or too much health care? Very…arbitrary. It is one thing to guarantee the right to participate in the market, and another thing to control the market. The former is very clear cut, but the latter can be altered.

    Lando: “That wasn’t part of the deal!”
    Darth Vader: “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

    It would have been much wiser (and cheaper) to hand out golden eggs to those without rather than kill the system and potentially leave everyone holding a wooden egg. But hey, at least we’ll have had our “right” to an egg satisfied. If I believed everyone was really going to get a golden egg and it was guaranteed to be a solvent program, I’d be cheering too. If we can’t keep Social Security up without changing the “rights” the voters thought they were getting, how is health care going to play out?

  6. And thus we witness the most “transparent and open” presidential administration and Congress in history jam a bill down the throats of the American people that was widely and vociferously opposed and that was crafted out of the public spotlight and passed using Chicago-style thug tactics. This might reflect the character of a nation, but not the nation of America whose values are in no way represented by those presently running Washington.

  7. Yikes! I’ve rarely seen so many headlines ripped straight from Fox News that your post, Brandon.

    The health care debate ran for over a year, the bills were published for all to read, countless town halls were had. It’s really hard to suggest that this bill was somehow crammed down anyones throats when you consider facts, not talking points.

    But you’re right. How dare congress pass health care reform! It’s not like the president (who was elected w/ a 53% majority) campaigned heavily on a single-payer health care system–one much more liberal than the reform we actually got. I mean really! It’s not as if 20% of every dollar spent goes to health care. The most expensive health in the world, mind you, that garners us only the 37th best care, world wide.

    So the 53% of American voters who cast ballots for President Obama were well represented yesterday when the US finally moved into the realm of 20th century health care.

    As many have said before, elections have consequences.

  8. Ah, the ol’ Fox News card. I guess none of us who opposed this legislation can actually think for ourselves. It is that same condescending attitude that drives the thinking of the current Congress and most liberals that we are all too stupid to know what is best for us. Just leave it to the smart people in the government to decide what is best for individual Americans.

    The fact that the bill took so long to get passed is actually a testament to the opposition that was voiced against it since this past summer and is not a reflection on the transparency of the process. I guess I missed the televised hearings on C-SPAN that Obama promised. Oh, wait, there weren’t any. The preferred M.O. of the Democratic majority was to craft this bill behind closed doors so all the favors and arm twisting would not see the light of day. Never mind the parliamentary trickery that has been tried in order to avoid a straight up or down vote – reconciliation, the Slaughter Strategy of “deemed pass” and now an Executive Order to placate wary Democrats. It was Pelosi herself who recently said that we needed to pass the bill so that the American people could actually see what was in it. They knew that the longer this process took, the more the American people would oppose it as they continued to learn more about what was actually in the bill.

    While Obama had 53% of the popular vote, all various polling indicated that public support for this legislation was nowhere near those levels, so that is hardly a justification for this legislation. Obama’s base wanted this and no else did. Everyone that voted for Obama did not want this, although they should have known better, but far too many simply were caught up on how “inspirational” he was and used that as their sole voting criteria.

    You are correct that elections have consequences and we will certainly see those consequences come November.

  9. Yesterday’s Rasumssen poll showed 54% of the public did not like this bill. Of the Independents, 59% were against this health care legislation. Massachusetts, which has not elected a Republican since the Pilgrims landed, replaced Ted Kennedy with a Republican specifically to stop this bill.

    To suggest this was the will of the voters defies the evidence. I don’t mean to be crude, but suggesting that all Obama voters expected this result is like saying a girl was asking to get groped just by agreeing to go on a date. No means no.

    Elections have consequences…and consequences lead to elections. I guess we’ll all see what happens this November.

  10. I suspect many did not favor this due to political rhetoric and uncompromising views by both sides. It will take a bit of time to work out the details, much like the CRA of 1964 did. But in the end, I feel we have joined the rest of the industrialized world.

  11. Sorry to learn that you are still making payments on that. My nephew has quite a bill left over from his stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma. He is in remission, Thank God, and returned to pharmacy school after a 2 to 3 year hiatus to recover. His school’s insurance covered only a fraction of that tremendous bill and the hospital forgave a lot too.

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