The final version of the House’s Health Care Reform bill is being revealed and it’s gaining momentum. Holdout Representatives are conceding that a bill which does SOME good is better than no bill at all. Even aspects of the Roman Catholic Church are willing to forgo some of the abortion issue, recognizing that the Greater Good is found in insuring most Americans. But even if the bill passes in the next few days, and the President signs it, the battle is far from over.
That this bill would actually reduce the Federal deficit is a good thing, and that its cost is $940 Billion over ten years is still not really that big a deal when we’re talking about deficits of trillions of dollars. The bill does more than just provide insurance to 31,000,000 Americans. (In fact, most of the uninsured would not see benefits for years, although exclusions for pre-existing conditions on children would go away almost immediately.) But you can’t really do simple math, divide the $940 billion by 31 million uninsured; that isn’t really accurate. The bill is very complicated, and still not truly comprehensive. But these aren’t the biggest bones of contention.
One of the biggest issues is that the bill makes having health care insurance mandatory for most Americans. Opponents don’t want to be forced to have health insurance “or else”, and 38 of the 50 states have indicated that they’re prepared to sue the Federal Government over the requirement. That aspect of the bill wouldn’t go into effect for years.