What Really Happens If Healthcare Reform Dies?

By 1975, I was working for a hospital that provided its employees with a generous insurance plan. As employees, we paid very little into that plan, and when I gave birth in 1981, I paid nothing for the hospital bill or for the doctor bill. The insurance paid for everything. I felt blessed and lucky.

In no other wealthy nation on earth do we have the resources in abundance to treat our fellow human beings with the dignity they deserve but deny them a life simply because they can’t afford to live.

health care reform is now teetering on the edge of total collapse. President Obama is already talking about trimming the plan way back to cover areas that both parties agree on. This means that at best we will see some weak plan that solves little or nothing. Alternatively, the entire bill may just collapse under its own immense weight and fall apart completely.

What does the health-care law mean to me? The Washington Post, March 21, 2010 – This is the tool I used for my self-analysis. Enter your current insurance status, number of people in your household, adjusted gross income and marital status to see how it will impact you.

As a political advisor, and writer, I find myself scouring the Internet on a regular basis for articles and information that I deal with current political issues. From time to time, I will find one that will cause me to slap my head with frustration. Usually, these articles tend to have a title like, “President Bush is a Lizard Man in Disguise.” In this case, this article, which is meant to guide immigrants to this country, gives a horribly misleading picture of what has happened.

Note that i said conservatives, and not just Republicans. If all the conservative or “Blue Dog” Democrats stop objections, the Republicans would be a non-issue. Given the way they are self-destructing, that may be a foregone conclusion anyway. Time will tell.

The economy just tanked last year. Before that, we were rolling in money. The Mexicans, mowed our lawns, built our houses and harvested our food. They cleaned our houses, were nannies to our kids and done everything short of wiping our butts. We weren’t angry then, we were reaping the benefits. Now, it is becoming a hassle for them to be here.