I understand that here are other bills out there as well, so my question to you, today dear readers is, Is this the bill we should be discussing? Or should we be looking somewhere else?
The reason I ask is this. H.R. 3200 is 1000 pages or so long. Does it have to be? One Forumpian, "DragonFly" noted that the Canadian health care bill is only 14 pages long!
That seems a lot more manageable to me, especially if I were President Obama who's promised to go through the thing line by line, if and when it finally gets to his desk,
DragonFly puts it this way:
"I read an article on CNN Money, entitled 5 Freedoms You'd Lose in Health Care Reform.
It was based on the House bill and the one by Senator Edward Kennedy's health committee.
These two bills had similarities, but are probably different in other ways. I have no idea what the other three bills entail.
Until one bill is presented to the public, I don’t know why there is advocacy and a false sense of accuracy given by Obama and certain members of Congress of what the healthcare reform will be. A final bill needs to be publicly released, and then the people will be able to clearly decide whether the reform is good or bad.
In another room in the Forum, Gordon Howie is going over H.B. 3200 with a fine tooth comb and has a whole bunch of questions. page 22, page 30 sec 123, page 29, page 42, page 50, sec 152. page 167 lines 18-23, page 425 lines 22-25 and page 426 lines 1-3 oh, and 427 lines 15-24... etc, and he's only halfway through!
Now look, folks. Gordon Howie is a busy man with cattle to attend to, and DragonFly sounds like s/he's (I think it's "she's") busy too.
And Obama? We know he's busy!
And me? Well I'm just lazy.
So come on. Let's not get distracted with arguments we don't need to have. Let's instead, be productive and proactive.
If the real plan isn't on the table yet, let's write one right here and right now, doggone it!
(And by "let's" I mean the rest of you of course. I've already been pretty candid about my disposition haven't I? Besides, I've already endorsed the Frankenfeld single pay idea and am busy taking my licks from brother Sam Hurst.)