Monday, March 1, 2010

The Lesser of Two Evils?

 So Pelosi wants her troops to fall on their own swords, and to pass  Obamacare at any cost.  Meanwhile, Republican leaders denounce the upcoming cram-down as a travesty.  This seems to me as a battle between village idiots.

The health care debate is a strongly debated topic, with both sides claiming to hold the moral high ground. I believe that neither side actually cares one way or another, as both are simply battling for control of congress and using us as pawns in their political infighting. It is time for this to stop.

These elitists, who have been elected to represent the will of the people, seem to have only their own interests in mind. Most are extremely wealthy, a neat trick considering their salaries, and have are far out of touch with the majority of Americans.

Washington is indeed 'broken', and if either party is able to claim victory after all of this, it will be purely a political victory. The real losers in this fight will be the American people, especially the generations yet unborn, for they will bear the ultimate brunt of this battle of hypocrisy.

Why does the 'solution' to rising health care cost have to be a total reconstruction and federal takeover? If I remember correctly, the entire reason we are in this situation is the unsustainable nature of entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

I fail to understand why we cannot examine our current system, and simply repair what doesn't work using small but powerful and directed steps. I suppose the reason is that these programs are, by nature, unsustainable. Without massive infusions of cash, we cannot cover the cost to treat an aging and ailing population.

We all agree that some type of 'reform' is necessary. The health care debate can be summarized as agreeing on the best method to pay for the inevitable increase in cost. While Democrats wish to disguise the true costs and the hidden tax increases, the Republicans claim the right thing to do is to reduce spending and allow free market principles to control costs. While the Republicans wish to allow people to make their own decisions on health care, the Democrats feel the answer is more government.

I do not pretend to know the answer. Perhaps there is no answer. I only know what I can see, and from where I sit it is an ugly sight. I have nothing but disgust for the members of congress and, judging from their actions, they feel the same about the common citizen. We are apparent;y too ignorant to understand the complex intricacies of government. They are determined to expand their control over our poor, miserable lives, if only for our own good.

However this all comes out, whether we continue to have the best health care money can buy, or whether we adopt a government-run system, I can only hope that someday we come to our senses and legislate for the good of the people, and not for the political party.

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