OK – here is my post about why I think healthcare reform should pass.
1.) This bill contains many good measures. From a pure moral perspective, we cannot continue to have 40+ million people to be without health insurance. While I very much want to see health care cost reform in the future (and this bill does some things on this front), I don’t see how we can know what costs to control until more people are accessing the system.
2.) This bill ends many of the insurance company practices that are deplorable, namely pre-existing conditions and lifetime maximums. Individually, these reforms are very popular. If the Democrats sell these benefits appropriately, they have a winning package.
3.) As the current bill stands, it is deficit reducing. Also, it is not the government taking over healthcare. This takeover already happened with Medicare and Medicaid.
Finally, here are some political realities:
1.) This bill is not about abortion – no matter how hard some people are trying. In fact, the Catholic Health Group accepts the language in the healthcare reform bill.
2.) Obama is not using “funny” legislative procedures to pass this bill. He is attempting to have a simple majority to pass the bill (not 60+). We have passed several bills in this country (Bush’s tax cuts, welfare reform – BOTH REPUBLICAN INITIATIVES) through reconciliation. So, don’t believe this hyperbole. If every law in this country required 60+ votes, we would have not had welfare reform or tax reform in the last few years.