March 20, 2010

Health Insurance Reform

Today, there is a lot of anger, fear and confusion in the air around the reform bill in Congress. The Republican Party and the right are fighting this bill with everything they have. And they threaten to run on repealing it in November. Some of the more crazy are declaring that if it passes, they will be forced to start a civil war.

Yet, when the rhetoric becomes so intense, it is good to realize that this type of frenzied opposition has been seen before. Once the system is actually working, even the most ardent of the opposition are inclined to stop fearing the change and even embrace it for the value it brings to their lives.

Frontline had a program a few years ago about how universal health care coverage worked in other countries. Of particular interest today is what happened in Switzerland when they voted to extend coverage to all in a system with an extremely narrow majority. The opposition was virulent as is ours today. Yet ten years later, the Conservative who led the charge against the change admits that he is proud of the change now and believes that universal coverage is something that any truly civilized society must have.

Here's the segment where he makes that point:

This is our chance to make the first real steps to reform that will make the lives of millions better and move us off of relying on a broken system that is failing us in every way. We must not let this opportunity pass us by.

Posted by Mary at March 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | Technorati links |

The big difference between the Swiss and America is in Switzerland the opposition leadership was sincere: in America the leadership are paid shills.

Posted by: garry walsh at March 21, 2010 07:10 AM

My predication ten years out? The opposition will still cling to the meme that reform was a complete failure even if it's obviously not.

Posted by: Charles at March 21, 2010 08:22 AM

The insanity from the hard-line opposition is nothing new. For some time now they have used the most absurd, fear-driven tactics to promote their policy.

But lately, their only policy seems like anti-whatever-the-left-does. I hope that the public will have the courage to vote for candidates who stand for actual policy, not for the candidates who simply are "against the other guy."

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Posted by: DEBRA at March 22, 2010 02:36 AM

At first I was against the health reform. I was beside myself that the president would focus so much time and energy on this when our economy was failing. But then I realized that there really is no "good" time to deal with these kinds of things. Every president before him has said that health reform was an important goal but no one has ever made it happen. Although I am a republican, he will have my respect if he can pull this off.
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Posted by: Carlton Woods at April 24, 2010 07:06 AM