Well, itâ€™s happened, the Healthcare Reform Bill is passed. It certainly isnâ€™t anything I would have voted for if a member of Congress, but itâ€™s going to be the law of the land. Now all we can do is hope for the best. On a personal basis what I hope for is that this knot I have in my stomach is a result of the usual human reaction to change, and not a harbinger of pain and discord that is to come.
Iâ€™ve been interested in politics since I was a teenager and it is not hyperbole to say that Iâ€™ve never seen an administration so determined to pass something against the will of the majority of the people who elected them.
Perhaps our grandparents felt the same way when Social Security was enacted and our parents when Medicare came to be, but I donâ€™t recall ever hearing anyone from either of those generations being as opposed to those social changes as Iâ€™ve heard against the Healthcare Bill.
I have an overwhelming sense of sadness tonight, like something has been lost that will never be recovered. In an effort to dispel the gloom, Iâ€™m going to try to think about someone â€œout thereâ€ who has suffered because they didnâ€™t have health insurance and be happy for them that they will now be covered.
I just wish we could have accomplished that goal in a more direct, straightforward manner that addressed their specific needs without creating this monster of a Bill that I fear is going to eat us alive.