Democrats have been distributing through the Internet a statement espousing the good qualities of the bills that exist. Included among the eight points is the end of insurance dropping for the seriously ill, discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and elimination of annual and lifetime caps on coverage. The fact that you may agree with all eight points does not offset the fact that those clauses are insignificant compared to other aspects of the bill.
President Obama can deliver all the speeches he wants to Congress, but the fact remains that he cannot clarify a 1,000 page bill that will change a major aspect of every American’s life. While recently reviewing the speech at the beginning of Mr. Obama’s July 22nd press conference, it remains clear he does not have a grasp of what is in the bill. A perfect example is his reference to the fact that this bill creates “portability.” Portability allows you to take your insurance with you if you leave your job and go to another. The Republicans have been proposing this for ages. It is in the Republican proposal currently in Congress that is being ignored by Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi. Nowhere have I read that the bills in Congress include portability, but Obama cited it in his comments. He also cited again in his speech to Congress this past week.
“The devil is in the details” has become such an important part of our lives because we have become such a legalistic society. The concern permeates every aspect of our lives as we are confronted with signing a contract for most everything we do. Anytime you sign on to use a piece of software you have to agree to a long, incoherent contract that very few actually read.
Health insurance reform focuses us on a much more central portion of our lives than a software contract over the Internet. We need to know what these bills contain and, more importantly, so do our elected officials. Pushing these bills through Congress without adequate time for the public or others to read them will not work. This is truly a life and death matter. We cannot tolerate more mistakes that Congress has made in the past as shown above. People will die and Congress will do its usual finger pointing without accepting responsibility. The current bills should be dumped and something that the American people can grasp should be presented for consideration.