Once upon a time, the Democrats promised the American people they would reform Health Care. The price of medical assistance has risen well beyond what is reasonable and affordable. Millions are not covered by insurance. Some by choice, and some by their financial circumstances.
But something happened.
It stopped being about the high cost of Health Care. It ceased to be about compassion. It is no longer about helping people and saving money.
It is now a matter of pride for the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have proven that the original goals of Health Care reform have been cast by the wayside.
The goal now is to pass something they can call Health Care Reform, no matter how bad, or how much it costs us. And damaging the best Health Care System in the world is not a concern.
They will do whatever it takes to garner the votes. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, (D-La) prostituted her vote for $300 Million. Other deals were cut, at taxpayer expense, to attract the 60 votes needed to begin deliberation on the Senate version of the bill.
The Public Option, once heralded as the competitive answer needed to force private insurance to lower their prices, will now cost slightly more than Private Insurance. But in order to get the liberal votes, a Public Option is mandatory, no matter how much it will cost. Many say they can even raise taxes on private insurers to force them to raise their prices to make a Public Option more attractive.
The original plan to make health insurance more affordable and cover more people is now gone, replaced by a monster of a bill designed to throw pork for votes and punish those that do not do as they are told.
As Rasmussen reports today, the public has noticed. Just 38% now favor what Washington is doing to Health Care, and a whopping 56% are really upset that they have taken their eyes off of the ball in order to “pass something”.
No matter your feelings on Health Care Reform, for or against, we all need to let our Senators and Congressmen know that we are expecting what was promised: Lower cost and better care.
It’s just not happening like they promised with either of these bills, House or Senate.
We could get stuck with lower quality Health Care at a higher price. If that is the case, doing nothing is the better option.