Ka-Blooey

I follow politics pretty closely, but I don’t talk about it a lot. It’s like the religion thing: I’m not going to change your mind unless it’s open to change. And that’s okay. The same could be said for me: I believe in health care [insurance] reform, and you’re not going to change my mind. I think it’s better for the country in the long run.

Former centerfold model and Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown was elected to the Senate yesterday. I didn’t follow the race in MA very closely, but the fact that this Republican pretty boy got elected to the seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy makes me want to barf. I listened to snippets of his victory speech, and I thought, “Lie. Lie. Big lie.”

Oh, and that high-pitched squealing sound you hear? That’s Kennedy spinning in his grave.

The ironies abound.

I have a big problem with misinformation. (I do a lot of my research at two sites, PolitiFact and Slate. They offer views from both sides, although in general, in its reporting Slate has more of a liberal bias.) I know that all politicians lie, but it seems to me some lie more than others. And misinformation would be one thing if people would just do their homework and call “their” politicians out on the lies. I would be okay with that.

But the biggest problem I’m having is the fact that so many people are against something that’s good for other people. People who are lucky enough to get their health care through their employers (like me); people who qualify for Medicare ā€” government health care, hello!; people who are rich. It’s like, by supporting the Republican agenda on health care reform, they are saying ‘screw you’. If it’s more nuanced than that, I apologize, but I’m not hearing it.

The person I get in these arguments most often is my FIL. Let me make clear: I love my FIL. But he thinks health care reform is going to add lots of money to the deficit. (The amount added to the deficit under the Democrats health care bill: $0. Is the bill ā€” in any version ā€” expensive? You bet. But it doesn’t add to the deficit. As a matter of fact, it will reduce the deficit by $132 billion according to the non-partisan CBO.) He thinks that Medicare is going to be gutted. And it seems that while it’s all fine and good for his entire household to be getting government-based health care, it’s not a good idea for others to have access to good, affordable health care. Don’t even mention the public option; he’ll hear Communist Russia. Seriously.

What about me and DR (which is what they call Dan)? I want to ask him. What happens if I get laid off or lose my job because of my absenteeism? Where do we turn for health care? Thank goodness for the CHIP program; even so my kids would be on a six-month waiting list. But soaring medical costs are the number one reason behind a majority of personal bankruptcies.

I’m steaming over any list of “injustices” today, so I don’t know what to tell you. I can’t even listen to the news about Scott Brown without seeing red, because health care reform has hit its biggest obstacle yet. And I know I don’t write much about politics (and for good reason if this rambling, unfocused post is any indication) but I had to get this off my chest.

For some good news, here’s an update from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the McMutries and the orphans that had been in their care in Haiti. Although there is still so much to be done.