Billy Mays was different from Obama in many forms. The main difference was that Billy Mays only pitched those products he totally believed worked and would in some way benefit the people. Obama is trying to sell us snake oil.
Granted, people like me are too busy paying their bills (many of them health care bills) to spend money on a candidate for Congress. It should not matter, but it does. If health care reform fails, it will be proof positive that corporate interests have seized political power in this country. They will have succeeded in turning economic power into political power, and Americans can consider themselves slaves, because that is essentially what they will be.
The fact of the matter is, we had juvenile delinquency, political assassinations and violent crime long before talk radio, cable news, video games or any of this.
A country that allows its citizens to die because they cannot afford health insurance, a country that places politics and profit above the importance of people is a country whose character has been marred by moral corruption. I could have been your mother, your sister, your daughter, or your friend. Would you have cared then? Would you have paid for my medical treatments? And if you had, would I have allowed you to lose everything you owned just so I could live?
There are no economic reasons to give the government more control over health care given that it has financially botched everything it has touched. Government healthcare is a political move not an economic one.
So that’s why I say, this is a legitimate debate. I think that we can craft a system in which you’ve got a public option that has to operate independently, not subsidized by taxpayers — it would be nonprofit, but we’ve already got nonprofits out there like BlueCross BlueShield — that they would have to go on the market and get a market price for capital, so they wouldn’t be able to just have the Federal Reserve write them a check. I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues. And you’re right, if they’re not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems.
To be fair the bill has some good points. There can be no pre-existing condition exclusions. Your policy can’t be cancelled on you. Insurers are supposed to pay the claims in a timely manner. I wonder if this means they can’t keep sending you those little forms to fill out to clarify your claim.