Liberals have been screaming to “start over” on health care reform. With Scott Brown winning the Massachusetts Senate seat, liberals have gotten half their wish. They secured the “over” part. Unfortunately, the “start” part probably won’t come for another 25 or more years. Looking around online, some people are calling the Scott Brown victory, “change”. However, the status quo never equals “change”. In the future, what candidate is going to have the guts to bring up health care reform even though it has failed over and over and over again.
Over is health care reform as well as other important proposals such as cap and trade that was to help usher in a greener and more secure future. Is Obama now going to risk repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that will anger some and only help a small percentage of the population? With those things off Obama’s agenda what will be his achievements to earn him a re-election? Liberals fought hard over the health care reform bill not containing the public option or a single-payer system. The sadness I feel over health care reform likely ending so close to the finish line reminds me of the old Chicago song with the line, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone and I found out a little too late.”
For the people who truly believe that this health care reform bill would make things worse than they are now, I sympathize. However, I strongly disagree! How many more people will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions? How many more people are going to die because they don’t go to the doctor when they get sick? How many more people are going to go bankrupt due to illness whether they have insurance or not? How long are insurance payers, like myself, going to need to continue paying higher premiums to help cover those who don’t or can’t pay for insurance?
Where is our compassion as a nation? Most of us have empathy and agree with offering aid to Haiti in their time of need, but where is it for our own desperate citizens? Didn’t we all learn things as children such as, “Try to put yourself into someone else’s shoes”? Imagine if you were sick and couldn’t afford to buy insurance or go to a doctor. Imagine if you were trying hard to do the right thing and pay for insurance only to be denied because you have a pre-existing condition. Imagine going bankrupt because you had the misfortune of getting sick. I hope liberals have learned a powerful lesson in that often getting something done, even if we see it as only a small step, is better than getting nothing done.