I have so many reactions. And, as a novice to all this am not sure where to begin. So I will post these basic points.
While the president was mediating the process there was really nothing fundamentally agreed upon except... some concession to limits of malpractice (major Republican point) and allowing states to experiment with alternative means to resolve lawsuits. And, of course...yes, we need reform.
My problem with Obama and the Dems combined is that they want reform no matter what.
Obama dings everyone on special interests and non bipartisanship and campaign shit, yet he get's bristly when there are criticism about his plan. While the Republicans are so entrenched in the notion that it is unAmerican to have everyone purchase health insurance, which I find a ridiculous position. We all have to buy car insurance, don't we. I believe it is illegal if you don't have it. So, why not health insurance? Especially when medical costs are 17% of the GDP.
There was a lot of discussion of purchasing pools and the best way to manage such agreements. I absolutely agree with leveraging purchasing power. That is a standard business cost saving tool, be it a pool for independent small business owners among other techniques to keep the costs of buying insurance down. No brainer there
And, so it goes. It is quite a debacle. Where do we go from here? I don't think much more than continued entrenchment in positions that are getting further hermetically sealed. Too bad that both sides are so stuck on their position statements.
Although I believe that healthcare reform is overdue, I do think that care must be taken to ensure it is done reasonably well. While I applaud the Obama administration for tackling this head on, I don't think passing a bill without support of the Republicans is a smart way to go. It could cause more alienation.
Based on the following Twitter feeds #hcr and #hcsummit I am amazed how negative many of the responses are. Yikes. Do I live in this country.
I wish I had more poignant points to make, but as a newbie, this is the best I do. The WSJ had a good article . And, if that is not enough You can watch here for highlights.