Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Broken Hearts, Broken Bones

The talk all week has been about health care. The bill that passed and was signed into law yesterday has been polarising, to say the least. I've done research on what's in the bill, but it's still hard to know what exactly it will entail. Plus, I think a lot of people are only listening to representatives from their respective political parties, and not getting the full story.
Like most things, there are good and bad points. I'm glad insurers can't discriminate or deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And giving tax credits to small businesses in order to provide health care to its employees is definitely a plus. But some things just seem random, like the thing about tanning salons.
Personally, I think health care is something basic the government should provide for its people; however, penalising people for not getting insurance seems absurd. As a member of the military, I enjoy socialised health care already, and this whole thing has little impact on me, directly. My biggest hope is that it will, as promised, decrease the national deficit.
There have been tons of protests, some becoming violent, over the whole ordeal. And I didn't even know it was possible for a state to sue the federal government. It's going to be interesting to see how all this plays out over the next few months and years.

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