Sunday, March 21, 2010

Healthcare Bill Has Finally Passed

And a good thing, too, because I couldn't take the suspense any more. The whole process of waiting for the news and seeing the struggle for the votes has been brutal. Of course, the bill has been watered down like crazy since its initial version but I guess at this point it's better than nothing. But finally one can think and read about something else than the bill.
The main reason why I'm happy about it is because I really wanted something to work out for President Obama. With Congress and Senate filled to the brim with corrupt politicians, he has not been able to make anything work. It will be good for the morale of his presidency to win something finally. We'll see how well this bill works. Of course, anything is better than the horrible system that was in place before.

Why the US cannot go the way of all developed countries (for example, Canada, which is close enough to be learned from and imitated) and institute a normal, nationalized healthcare system, is beyond me. But this is something.

Kudos to President Obama for not giving up. I have a newfound respect for the perseverance of this admirable man.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me?! Canada pays taxes on the taxes just to afford this health care crap. I'm all for health care for everyone, but who is going to pay for it? You and I! This is just another way for Dems to get more money from the people.

Anonymous said...

I only stopped jumping for joy to write about how happy I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go, Obama!!!

Lauren said...

This is a truly major event that we are witnessing. I feel privileged being a part of it and one of people who worked hard to put Obama in office.

Clarissa said...

I wish the people in Congress had been considerate enough to get the bill passed on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. Then people could celebrate as much as they wanted. :-)

Anonymous said...

The last time I cried like this was when he was first elected.

Clarissa said...

In Canada, your taxes pay for the services you get. In the US they go to buy a new jet or a new yacht for the CEO of Goldman Sachs. I know what I would prefer.

Anonymous said...

The Repugs are having a collective fit. This would be enough to justify the bill in my eyes.

Now on to immigration reform. We need to get them while they are vulnerable.

LRJ said...

Can somebody explain to me why everybody is so happy about this bill? Simple easy-to-understand terms, please!

Anonymous said...

32,000,000 (that's 32 MILLION) people who did not have coverage now will!!

People with preexisting conditions will not be banned from coverage!!

It will be this much harder for insurance companies to fleece us!!

How can anybody NOT be happy??

Kola Tubosun said...

I found this on twitter yesterday:

"Hello America! Germany says, Welcome to 1883! The UK says, Welcome to 1911! France says, Welcome to 1930! #hcr"

Tom Carter said...

I agree -- I'm glad it's finally over. I didn't particularly like this bill because it's too complicated, includes too many special deals, mandates that people buy insurance or face penalties, and didn't include tort reform for medical malpractice lawsuits.

I have doubts about the financing, too. It seems questionable, at best, that future congresses will actually institute the Medicare cost reductions that are a big part of funding this bill. We'll see.