Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thoughts and Musings on the Health Care Debate

With all of the talk about health care and the battling propositions, there are a few points I'd like to make.

First, as I say this, I am not commenting as someone who is FOR or AGAINST the administration's proposal, but as a concerned citizen who sees some serious issues with the process.

The first point is that I am VERY concerned over the fact that any new changes in the health care system would EXEMPT the Congress, the very people that are debating this issue for us. It comes across as elitist in nature. I am sure that any Congressman's reaction would be ,'We are already covered by a great plan'.

To this I have a few reactions:

1) If what Congress has is so great, then why aren't you proposing that for the rest of the United States.

2) If what you are proposing for the rest of us is so great, then how come you are not willing to go into that plan yourself?

The other point that is concerning to me is that the debates on this issue going on right now are 'closed door'. For an administration that has stated its goal is to be the most transparent administration in US history this is a troubling and concerning development, especially in light of the fact that it was the lack of transparency that killed the Clinton administration's attempts to reform health care in the early 1990's.

But the most concerning part about this is that for people like me, this lack of information leads to all sorts of rumor mongering about what the final bill will look like. I wonder if anyone really knows?

Warm Regards,

Mark A. Bowman

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