Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Health Care Reform Will Come In Due Time

The Commander in Chief has, of late, become something of a fact checker in chief. In town halls, interviews and meetings with interest groups, President Barack Obama repeatedly harps on what he calls the "myths" and "fabrications" about health-care reform.

The list runs from "death panels," which have not been proposed by Congress, to illegal immigrants, who would not get coverage under the current proposals, even though 55% of Americans believe otherwise, according to a recent poll. The President also routinely mentions the issue of abortion. "You've heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion," Obama said recently in a call to religious leaders. "Not true."

But this last statement, while technically correct, does not tell the whole story. The health-care reform proposed by House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government's role in the financing of abortions. "It would be a dramatic shift," says Representative Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who has vowed to oppose the bill because of how it would affect abortion.

Stupak says dozens of House Democrats may join him in opposing a final health-care compromise unless the abortion language is changed, presenting a clear challenge to Democratic vote counters that could imperil a party-line vote.


I have really tried to refrain from writing about health care reform. The entire process has been so mind boggling to me that I turn the channel whenever political pundits discuss it. I think the primary problem with President Obama's plan is that very few people understand it in it's entirety. Consequently, those who oppose the plan are able to convincingly spread lies about it. I really hope the Obama Administration will continue to hold town hall meetings that will debunk all the propaganda being thrown at his health care reform plan.

In addition, the President has to change the language in his plan regarding abortion. The Religious Right gets a lot of negative attention for its sanctimonious attitude, but the Left has its fair share of Bible thumpers. The politicians on the Left are simply better at disguising their desire to implement religion into policy. If the Left was as uber-liberal as the Right would have you believe, homosexuals would be able to get married in all 50 states and this health care reform plan would have been passed months ago.

The religious Left won't support a bill that "pays for abortion." If reworking the abortion segment of Obama's plan will get it passed, I hope the reworkings begin as soon as possible. I don't want philosophical differences to keep health care reform from becoming a reality. President Obama's plan will come into fruition in due time. The optimist in me feels like that time is coming soon.

Who said good folks is not supposed to die
The same the same that said that said
Is not supposed to cry
United States giving out
Milk and cheese to pacify
I'm sure they got a cure for AIDS
But yet it's classified