The Other I

March 22, 2010

More better than bad

Filed under: Cultural Differences,Political thoughts — theotheri @ 9:58 pm

I will admit I was not prepared for the virulence of the debate -if one can elevate much of what was said in relation to the Health Care Bill to the level of “debate”.   But I’m glad something finally made it through Congress.

I have been trying to find out what actually was finally passed, because I strongly suspect the bill may contain some grave weaknesses:  there are still ten million Americans who are not covered by any health care insurance;  there is no public option;  the country may not be able to afford the delivery of the medical treatment it promises;  what is meant by providing “best practice” is horribly complex and may exclude the use of innovative or controversial treatments;  abortions or procedures to which some object on medical grounds may not be covered even for those whose religious beliefs do not exclude them.

But I think the bill, nonetheless, is far better than nothing.  Apart from the sheer inhumanity of refusing to treat the sick because they are too poor, America will not be able to remain competitive in the world economy if we do not reign in our medical costs and take them from the shoulders of employers.  There is no question that medical insurance was one of the factors that brought the American car industry to its knees.  And Obama had to get it passed if his Presidency was not going to become a dead duck less than half way through his first term in office.

Besides, we can make the system better.  When social security was introduced in the 1930’s, it was not a very good program.  But it got better.

Over here in England, the debate is when someone who participates in assisted suicide should face criminal charges.  Somehow, I don’t think America is ready for that one yet.  More on that subject tomorrow.

Unless the world falls in, which would be more interesting.


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