This isn’t an opinion piece on the merits and downfalls of the Heath Care Reform package passed last year. Like most people who actually know what is in the bill, I like parts of it, and think other parts should be repealed before they have the chance to go into effect. But no matter where you stand on the issue, we can all agree that our representatives in Washington should not waste their time on dog and pony shows that have no chance of passing.
My representative, Lee Terry, (like most Republicans) is against the bill and is likely to support his party’s efforts to waste the time we gave them to work on solving our nation’s long list of extremely difficult problems.
But unlike Democrats, most of which only seem intent on stonewalling any effort to make any changes to the bill, excepting a notable few, there are in fact those who have ideas on what is within the realm of possibility, in regards to reforming parts of the health care bill.
Some parts of the health care bill are wildly unpopular. Most notable among them is the “individual mandate”, that creates an unprecedented rule that forces people into making a decision about their health. This may be struck down in the Supreme Court eventually, but in the mean time – while most Democrats will fight tooth and nail against any rollback of the health care package, and Republicans play political circus – serious minded people are looking at real ideas to replace the mandate with something that will have similar effects and wont be such a large power grab into our private lives, even though the public option failed in the Senate.
There are too many ideas floating around right now, but they all aim at some of the same goals. They make sure there are affordable options available to people, they do not force people into the program unless they incur large health bills they cannot afford and they work to make it so people who roll the dice and do end up incurring major health care costs are not able to weasel out of their choice.
Its too bad the grown ups are in think tanks, and not in Congress.