My two cents: Healthcare reform

Thought you might find this map interesting ... it shows the layout of which states voted for/against the health care reform bill. Courtesy of the New York Times

Thought you might find this map interesting … it shows the layout of which states voted for/against the health care reform bill.
Courtesy of the New York Times

The passage of the healthcare reform bill, I think, has been the most divisive topic since Obama earned the Presidency. I still remember when the votes were tallied and the world knew that Obama had won the election. The next day, offices across the country were SILENT.

No one said ANYTHING. Why, you ask? I’m not really sure why, but I assume that some people were so angry or elated that they were not able to communicate their feelings in such a diverse environment without coming across as unprofessional.

People’s emotions were running high when Obama earned the Presidency.

Many thought “it was about time.”

Others thought “the world is coming to an end.”

That’s kind of what I think is going on right now with the healthcare issue. Many people think “it’s about time.” And, again, others are saying “the world is coming to an end.”

Deja Vu.

For the record, I do support the idea of a healthcare system that supports all citizens regardless of income.

But I think that there is some overreacting on both sides of the issue. There are people who are thinking that everything is going to be better now that the bill has passed. Hopefully, it will be. But, those pro-reformers may not be mentally prepared for the administrative nightmare that is going to ensue as we work to actually execute the plan.

Likewise, those who oppose the plan are painting a picture of Armageddon, convinced that this one move will be the end of America as we know it.

America has been through much worse. It will be tough, but we’ll push through this.

I guess my point is that no matter WHICH side you are on, you should expect some growing pains and frustrations as we try to make it work (rather than just blindly expecting everything to be great, or repeatedly attacking the plan and trying to derail it.)

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