The Big Think

August 12, 2009

Tubular

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 1:49 pm

Jordan Hufnagel, custom bike builder.

Healthy

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:02 am

I hate it when politics intrudes on my blog (truly, I do). I realize that some of my readers don’t share my particular political bent, and friendships have always been more important to me than politics. I have friends on both sides (all sides: hi Kat!) of the political spectrum and would rather stay silent on politics than lose them, but sometimes it becomes too much and I have to point something out. When the current situation starts to rankle even strong administration proponents, I feel like I have to point it out. Please forgive, friends.

Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy….

Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves….

I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

This is from an administration supporter.

We really do need some sort of health care reform in this country (as do most people, I believe), but the currently proposed system is the wrong one (five wrong ones, actually). There should be a long, public, and transparent deliberative process to identify and fix the problems with our current system. Currently there are five competing plans wending their way through Congress. Each one as byzantine and opaque as the last, and each one having large sections of blanks to be filled in after it is voted on. I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you are on, that’s no way to run a business, a bill, or a country. And meanwhile, honest, angry citizens who show up in their representatives’ office to protest this bill being labeled as anti-American, corporate owned, Nazis? What’s up with that? Why is it no longer acceptable to disagree vociferously with our leaders?

I’m disappointed we’re not getting the sober post-partisan transparency we were promised before November 2nd.

Sorry. Back to my normal, boring posts now.

*UPDATE*
A proposed amendment to the bill:

1) UPON THE PASSAGE OF NATIONAL HEALTH CARE BILL IT IS RESOLVED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED TO BE SOLELY COVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED HEALTH CARE PLAN.

2) CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES MAY NOT HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INSURANCE PLAN OR PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM APPLIED TO THEM EVEN IF THEY PAY FOR IT THEMSELVES.

Sounds fair.

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