Tuesday, March 23, 2010


An editorial.

I'm sure everyone knows by now that the Health Care Reform Bill has not only passed its crucial House of Representatives vote (although every Republican member of that august body voted unanimously AGAINST it), but as of this morning, (Democratic) President Barack Obama has signed it into law.
Now, not only have the Republicans in Congress vowed to unanimously fight the passage of the supplementary bill necessary to support the long term goals of the Health Care Reform Act; but the Republican Attorney Generals of 13 states (thus far) have all joined forces to file a lawsuit against the Health Care Reform Act's enforcement.
The AG's of Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington (although that state's Democrat Governor is not happy with this action), Virginia, and Colorado have a different opinion of Health Care Reform.


How can no banning a person with a "pre-existing condition" from obtaining medical insurance be a bad thing?
How can eliminating "lifetime coverage caps" on an insurance company's coverage for its policy holders be a bad thing?

Are the individual states mad that the Federal government had to step in to do something that they should have addressed ages ago?
Are the members of the Republican Party upset that the Democrats had to address a problem that has existed for years on end? One that a lack of a viable solution has hurt many of the citizens they, as elected officials, are supposed to be helping?
There is no question that the existing health care system was flawed. Before the current administration, the issue was last addressed during the presidency of Bill Clinton. The administration between the two Democrats never officially discussed the subject.

I do not know what is going through the collective mindset of the alleged Grand Old Party right now.
I am trying to be objective here, as a reporter, an editor, and as a person.
I do believe in and still support the concept of a two party system whereupon opposing viewpoints can be logically discussed and debated to reach a viable solution to a problem.

American citizens without viable health care have suffered long enough!
It's about time this issue was addressed, let alone that a solution was finally developed.
In a country as prosperous as the United States of America, can't both sides remember that they are supposed to be working for the people who voted them in?

I sincerely hope that the members of the Republican Party realize that just like their mascot the elephant, voters DO have good memories.
And this Fall IS a major election year!

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