I need to treat this post as a sticky note because I will probably come back and post more as I learn more and develop clear thoughts and positions.
Generally before I comment on something, I like to have as many, if not all, of the facts. I, almost embarrassingly, have to admit that I cannot say that this is the case with the current health caredebate. There remains a lot of material and positions that I need to cull through. Today, there is a health care summit with the President and members of both parties from the House and Senate, and I’m trying to catch as much as I can while at work in the hopes of learning where politicians are coming from on the issue.
Just last night, Rachel Maddow laid down a poignant perspective on her show, and it really resonated with me.
I am not suggesting that this is an easy fix. However, we need to strip away the hypocrisy. You cannot support Medicare and Medicaid, but be against health care run by or strictly regulated by the federal government. You can’t be against a federal public option, yet pay federally negotiated low premiums as part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. For all the talk about standing up for small businesses, why is there opposition for pooled health insurance programs that would create affordable options for small business owners to offer to their employees?
There finally appears to be some progress, and some acknowledgment that the market can’t cure or solve all problems. Just yesterday the House passed a bill to finally repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which gave insurance companies an antitrust exemption–meaning they could fix prices and bypass federal regulation, among other things.