rambling thoughts of doom nobody is supposed to voice
I am not going —
To self edit here, I am just going to type and you guys can shoot after. This is in part because I just want to get the thought out, and because I know it won’t be pretty, and because my mouse has gone unhinged again so it is a freaking bitch at the moment to edit anyway. So, here goes —
I have an impending sense of doom.
This is not something shared by most of the people I spend time with, pushing for health care reform. Or I do not sense it from them. The presidential address is over. The Republicans made asses of themselves. The President was very presidential. All should be well. The crazies are exposed, the plan moves forward, right?
And I back it. And I stomp liars and crazies.
A lot of my compatriots do not even know the difference between “Medicare for all” and “single payer plan” and “public option.” They use them interchangeably. Or say things like, “buy into Medicare.” They just do not know what the different things are. This is maybe understandable. They have lived in a system in which you pay for insurance your whole life. The idea of walking into a hospital that does not have a billing department is maybe inconceivable to them. This lack of knowledge or comprehension of the differences in programs, though —
It is problematic when you are on the right side and do not even know what you are talking about or fighting for. That means you, like the crazies on the other side, are espousing dogma without a real understanding of it.
I said something about triggers and some nice girl tried to explain to me that trigger just meant it would take four years to enact insurance reform because that took a while.
I asked her if that was French and she did not talk to me anymore.
Oops. Maybe I should be more patient.
And I think sometimes, WTF have I gotten myself into here?
Especially because, from what I am seeing, it is a bad plan.
That is after hearing the address. I was withholding judgment until after the address. And everyone else seems reassured by it. But I am not. In other words —
I mean it. Bad. You cannot enact this without some incurred cost. But the president is saying he won’t sign anything that contributes one dime to the deficit. Okay, that cannot be done. So. What? He won’t sign anything? You cannot enact this kind of change without a price tag — unless you sell your soul in some way to pull it off. So who’s soul is on the block here? Problem.
Second, engaging in a program that demands people prove income to qualify for different measures is such a morass of paper, it will just be inconceivable. But this is the plan. Figure out what everyone makes and distribute plans that way.
Next, fine people who don’t buy insurance either from insurance companies or a Federal plan. The insurance companies have to be creaming themselves over this concept. They are just licking their lips thinking, Wow, fifty million people who must by law buy insurance.
Meanwhile, there is something unethical about demanding someone buy an insurance policy just because he or she is born. I can see it, with a car. You buy a car and drive a car? Okay, you should be responsible in some way for what you do with it. But just being born and being liable for whatever genetics or accidents of fates befall you? That is not something you chose to take on or should be responsible for. It is not property you took on. It is life and you did not get asked before it happened. But now you have to insure it?
An expansion of Medicare or the single payer scenario is simple. Everyone pays into one big pot, yes, it is taxes, but it is a huge pool and no one is paying for insurance so you have that extra cash anyway and that national pool insures everyone and if someone goes down, well it is covered. And you do not bitch about paying for someone else’s chemo because hello, you are healthy and not on chemo so should just be happy about that because what, you are jealous they get chemo and you do not? No one pays for insurance. No one has to prove they are too poor to pay for it so carry some stigma of poverty or inequality just to get it. No one has to pay a fine because they bought groceries instead of buying health insurance. And. Everyone gets it. And no one buys insurance from an insurance conglomerate or a Federal government program trying to put too much new paperwork into play to replace the old paperwork and —
Let’s just say I see so much wrong with what is going down.
And at the same time, it does have to happen. Something does have to happen. So, I am supporting the lesser of two evils.
Didn’t I just go through a freaking strike just like this? And weren’t the same evil bastards in charge and doing just the same things then? And didn’t, in the end, the good guys lose then too?
I would sure like for a change to support something actually good. Or equitable. Or right. That had a chance in hell of actually “winning” instead of “not losing as badly as doing nothing would mean.”