A few weeks ago I proposed a different form of health care reform. Sunday night, almost at the stroke of midnight, the House Health Care Reform Bill passed by a margin of 219-212. This means that the proclaimed “historic” (and here comes the more confusing bit) “civil rights legislation” passed with 50.812% of the vote in the House of Representatives.
Following the passage of the bill, Democrats spoke avidly about their fight to pass it, stating that only Democratic Party members had truly striven for the much-talked-about “change” President Barack Obama promised in his campaign. One gentleman mentioned that the Democrats who voted for the bill would be “rewarded with re-election” because they did so. Again, the Health Care Reform Bill was espoused as a great piece of “civil rights legislation.”
–noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
1. Dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
2. Behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics
Above is the definition of histrionics, and yes, I am referring to the way the House Health Care Bill is being touted.
At this point, there seems little point to describe the particular faults with a flawed bill; I have already done so in multiple articles. Also, there have been so many changes in the bill that it is unlikely that a single one of the Representatives who voted for, or against, the bill can hope to truly understand its effects.
What can be written is the question that ought to have been asked long before a vote occurred: How will this bill be implemented? Again, as it is unlikely that the House Representatives or any one of their staff truly understand the entire bill, who will be in charge of implementing its many changes to our health care and health care insurance systems?
The true effects of the Health Care “Reform” Bill will not be felt until it is signed and enacted, and then the true test of its mettle will occur. It is likely, at least to me, that the confusing and purposefully long-winded nature of this bill will serve to obfuscate exactly what companies and hospitals should do under its provisions, confusing those that need to know, and further complicating the processes we go through to obtain health care. Truly, as we discovered again Sunday night, the road to Hell can be paved with even the best of intentions.