Health Care Reform Bill Passes With No Public Option Or Public Funding For Abortion

[ 7 ] March 22, 2010 |

Well at least that’s something I can agree with, no public funding of abortions and no “socialized” or “centralized” health care system. But there are so many things in this bill that I do not agree with, it’s hard to enumerate them. Before all the left wingers go crazy on me, let me say that I do believe that health care reform is desperately needed in this country. Our current system is broken and only rewards the health insurance companies, not the patients or even the doctors. Health insurance and pharmaceuticals are a business, plain and simple. Those companies are not in it to help their customers, they are in it to make money. Anyone who thinks differently is an idiot.

Each month, we pay nearly $800 for health insurance through my Husband’s company. We have an HMO, Pacific Care, which is one of the best plans out there. However, we are still afraid to go to the doctor because of the ever increasing co-pays for office visits and prescriptions. Last month, The Diva was hospitalized with pneumonia and RSV. We were charged $75 for the E.R. visit and another $250 for the eventual hospital admission. This was the same night that we had taken her to the urgent care where she was initially diagnosed with the pneumonia and given several prescriptions that we had filled immediately. That visit cost us nearly $100. Upon her discharge from the hospital three days later, we had a whole new set of prescriptions to have filled. Another $100.

In three days we spent nearly $600 on health insurance co-pays.

That’s almost what we pay per month for the family plan.

It wiped us out completely.

So, yes, I do believe we need reform. I do not think any American citizen should have to decide between rent/mortgage/food/utility bills and getting needed medical care. But it happens. I’ve had to do it myself.

I have a friend who is very sick. She has no medical insurance. She recently went to the E.R. because she needed to see a doctor now and it was her only choice. The bill was $10,000. The hospital graciously gave her a discount of 84% which then left her bill at $1,600. But still, that’s a lot of money. She still needs to pay for the visit to the neurologist she must see in order to get a proper diagnosis. It’s ridiculous. Her husband owns his own business. She works from home online. They are not on welfare. They work. But they still could go bankrupt over medical bills.

This is a problem.

You work. You pay your taxes. You follow the law. You get screwed anyway.

Then Obama comes along, spouting his Bohemian fantasies about “change”.  And we get a health care reform bill with so many holes, backroom deals and greased palms that even the mob couldn’t come up with a plan so evil. Hell, even Billary couldn’t get this passed in the ’90’s. And we all know she/he aren’t exactly pillars of morality, transparency and being above board!

I will never understand why liberals think spending, taxing and big government is the solution to everything. We are in a recession that really should be called what it is…a depression. And don’t be fooled into thinking that this economic fiasco was caused by the republicans, because it wasn’t. The whole sub-prime loan deal was thought up and pushed through by THE DEMOCRATS not the republicans. The bank bailout? Uh, that was the liberals, too.

And did that multi-billion dollar bailout help even one American to not lose their job or home?


It lined the pockets of the already rich bank executives whose greed helped to cause the collapse of the housing market.

Which in turn caused people to lose jobs, businesses to go under, etc., etc.  It was a domino effect. And it ain’t over yet, people. There are still another couple of rounds of foreclosures about to hit. We are going down fast and hard and no liberal can see it. Our painfully inexperienced commander-in-chief  thinks that by handing out money from his Obama bucks tree {read: taxpayers pockets}, he can stave off the inevitable. He can’t. Our economy is cyclical. It needs to run its course so it can start to grow again. But liberals always have to try and control everything. They must be “big brother” and have their tentacles in every single part of our lives. Liberals don’t even think we are smart enough to follow the rules on our own. So much so that they want to control one of the most personal and intimate decisions a person will have to make…their own medical care.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, says that Medicare isn’t being cut, it’s being improved. Yeah, tell that to my mother who lost her Medicare Part D for no apparent reason. That is the part of Medicare that pays for prescriptions. She was just in the hospital with severe bronchitis, bordering on pneumonia. She cried to me on the phone the other day because she couldn’t afford her prescriptions. Medications that were desperately needed so that she could get better. I am sure that she will have to forgo paying some of her bills this month in order to purchase her medicine. It’s not right.

And the part about the health care reform bill being passed without any public funding for abortions? That’s not exactly true. Obama is supposedly going to sign an Executive Order rescinding any provisions for that. However, an Executive Order DOES NOT supercede law. Ain’t our democratic system of checks and balances great? And if you don’t “buy” one of the “plans” in this bill, you will be fined. Uh, OK. So when we are taxed so much that our paychecks won’t pay our basic necessities because the funds for health care have to come from somewhere, penalties will be lobbed on us that have the potential to make us homeless and destitute. How does that translate into we still have a “choice’ and this bill will make our lives better?

Tell me, please, when your loved one needs a necessary surgery and are put on a waiting list for nine months, will this “reform” still be a good thing? Hey, just ask a British citizen. They can tell you all about waiting in line for medical care and waiting lists for medical procedures. Or ask a Canadian how they don’t have a primary care physician because they have to wait for a yearly lottery or another patient to die or move in order to get a spot. Apparently Canadians also have to carry a private insurance policy because their health system doesn’t cover everything. Centralized health care at it’s finest.

I know our health care system is corrupt and set up to benefit insurance and pharmaceutical companies. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that there are cures for cancer, AIDS and any number of other deadly diseases locked up in a safe in some pharmaceutical exec’s office waiting for the right time to be released. The “right time” being when they can make the most money off of it. And since they will now not have the potential to make mountains of money from bilking the American citizens, don’t expect those cures to ever see the light of day. I agree that reform is needed. I want this system to be fixed. I don’t think anyone should be without medical care. However, the bill that was just passed is not the right one to fix this problem.

In ten years, do you think we will all be speaking Chinese, Russian, German or Spanish? Maybe we will have to learn them all, just in case. After all, if we are turning into a socialist nation, we might as well go all the way.

Don’t count on anyone’s life expectancy to increase now. Right to die laws being moral or immoral aren’t going to matter anymore. The government will now decide when you are done with your treatments.

Welcome to ObamaCare.

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  1. Amanda says:

    You’re quote here: “I do not think any American citizen should have to decide between rent/mortgage/food/utility bills and getting needed medical care. But it happens. I’ve had to do it myself.”

    That has been us, and we ARE on a gov’t plan. We have the military’s lovely Tricare. WTF makes people think the gov’t can run a plan for them right when they screw up Medicare, the VA, and Tricare so badly NOW? So many people are in for a rude awakening. Oh, and the doctors that will be approved providers? Gov’t contracts ALWAYS go to the lowest bidder. I’ve seen it first hand I can’t tell you how many times as my 10 years as a military spouse. People need to take off those rose colored glasses and take a shot of reality.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Why They Shouldn’t Cut the Defense Budget =-.

    • Annie says:

      I agree with you! I live 15 minutes from a military base and have a lot of very close friends that are military wives. I always feel bad when one of them or their kids get sick because they go to the military hospital and get painkillers. That is it! If they want a proper diagnosis they have to go to the hospital? WHAT?

      Thankfully this was not the total govt run health care I was afraid of. But There are lots of problems with it – why else would NOT A SINGLE republican and even some democrats not vote yay? hmmmmmm……
      .-= Annie´s last blog ..GoodMama ONE Review and Giveaway! =-.

  2. Erin says:

    Okay – I agree with a lot but you are wrong here:

    It lined the pockets of the already rich bank executives whose greed helped to cause the collapse of the housing market.

    No – they mostly DIDN’T want to do it. They were forced to by the govt for “equality” that “everyone deserves to own a home”. Now people who maybe could have afforded houses at one time, for real, are going through foreclosures and short sales and banks are failing everywhere because of stupid loans. Why? Goverment interference. Yah. I dont feel secure at all with the passing of this reform. Hello USSA.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..#Frigidaire Range & Microwave Test Drive: Week 7 =-.

  3. Shawn Ann says:

    I agree, we all need to have health care. I also agree, this IS NOT the way to do it. It has been proven that more than 50% of American’s do not want this plan, whether it be all for the same reason or for different reasons. These politicians are only doing what the insurance companies have paid them to do, pass a health care plan that forces you to get the insurance THEY want.

    We need to vote everyone of them out this November and in 2012!
    .-= Shawn Ann´s last blog ..Obama Care Passed =-.

  4. Wow, great post Shan. You know how I feel about our government…
    .-= Not So Average Mama´s last blog ..My Brain… =-.

  5. Jamie says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto… you’ve just said what I have been screaming at the television for days now.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Fit and Fabulous Friday! =-.

  6. Ashley says:

    I think that plan would prohibit coverage of abortion by any insurance plan that receives federal government subsidies.

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