Obama's campaign involved the promise of health care reform and he's spent the past year really pushing for that, swimming upstream against sometimes insurmountable odds. Since I am an avid supporter of the President (which I must say is something I haven't been able to do since 1999), I'm very glad he was able to come out in the end here flexing his Executive muscles and get the frickin thing DONE.
As I try to be a nonpartisan observer, I'm sure as it goes you'll know where I stand on it all. Despite what you'll hear from others, this has all been a REAL war between political parties, the balance of power, the Wall St giants, AND the multi-faceted medical/insurance industry. While all those executive hotshots spent the past year bickering among themselves behind closed doors, the citizens have been blatently poked and prodded to build opinions based on what I would term propaganda ways (from all factions), and the reality is that even friends and neighbors heatedly have argued among themselves, based on the knowledge given them through a entertainment-orientated news media.
I think the President (Executive Branch) has truly shown an eloquent style. He has made mistakes as do all new Presidents (etal), he's continued to manage the business of the country in successful ways, including the repair of international relationships. He's allowed the Legislative Branch (Congress) a lot of room to do whatever it is they do, and has publicly been open to discussing any options with those of a dissenting opinion.
Sadly, Republicans from the last election have been very sore losers, have fought Obama on every frickin step, have turned everything upside-down, and generally-speaking seem to need a little public relations grooming before saying the words “vulgar” and “health care reform” in the same sentence. Not all, but Republicans (knowingly or not) have drawn serious party lines among the citizens, and at times it does get the feel of an impending civil dispute between Republican and Democratic ideology. The media certainly hasn't helped make anybody look good, or make the health care issues and arguments a matter of news, rather than which politician gave the better performance. It has been a field day experience for the late night comics, and brilliant fodder for the likes of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher.
Over the past year, it seems to have involved a lot of strategy by all factions to gain support of the American people, but a recent trend in Power Wars took a turn this past month when the President televised a meeting between parties to actually voice their opinions publicly. The President ended this meeting telling members of both parties to do what they're supposed to do and get this job done. Advice to Republicans was to focus on detente; advice to Democrats was to take a unified stand as majority in Congress. The Republicans hate this, but the Democrats have taken control of Congress. Last Republican comment I heard was “this isn't over.”
The question has been asked why do people have such strong opinions over the health care issue in America. I personally think it's because the citizens really don't have all the facts. Some citizens chose to actually read the various health care bills, but the initial bill was revised so many times, it was impossible to track. I'm sure it's available online by now, but even this is apt to be picked and plucked paragraph by paragraph until the Supreme Court (Judicial Branch) must decide if health care reform in the US is or is not Constitutional.
Although I wrote in the beginning I was not going to get personal, I have to offer my apathetic nature to the slow wheels of bureaucracy, and not expect curable diseases to be treated this afternoon. There are too many people (from all walks of life) in this country living without health care insurance because plans to meet personal care are just not affordable in our current economy. Despite any complaints about cost, or coverage discrimination, or pulling in the reins of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, to me it sounds as ludicrous to say “I object to health care reform” as it is to say “I believe in human slavery.” Until the signing of this reform bill, the nation had nothing. Now we have something, at least to get things rolling in a direction that is good for the American people.
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