Health Care Reform: Round 2

Ultra conservative Tea Bagger households won’t be places of happiness and joy tonight.  Why?  The ‘Party of NO’ was just dealt a blow by the U.S. Court of Appeals HAHAHA!!!  I LOVE it!  Couldn’t happen to a more foul bunch of obstructionists!!: President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Law stands.

Disclaimer:  When the issue of healthcare reform was tackled after President Obama’s inauguration, I wanted to see a single payer system passed.  I was disappointed when it was clear that wasn’t going to happen, BUT I figured that half a loaf was better than none. I knew that eight prior presidents, over 75 years, attempted to get some form of coherent healthcare reform on the books.  And for one reason or another, they failed.

Healthcare reform is still a hot topic; the Party of HELL NO, I’m not going to do anything President Obama wants… So there!  *Hands over ears mimicking a screaming bratty child* BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH Republicans are still spewing the ‘That’s Socialism!‘ chant/rant.  But what have they contributed to reform?  Hmmm….in 2003, Republicans passed a law that resulted in Medicare D. Well, it just so happens that Medicare D, a program that subsidises prescription drugs, is a kick in the teeth to taxpayers.  The result of this hot mess of a pharmaceutical industry boon plan is that (a) a portion of Medicare is guaranteed by the government’s General Fund which means a bigger bill to taxpayers in the long-run and (b) this program doesn’t permit the federal government to negotiate the prices of drugs — as other federal programs allow.  What we now have is an unfunded liability resulting from Medicare Part D that totals over $9 trillion that will be added to national debt levels.   Thanks a lot, fiscal CONServatives!  Side note:  that means the Republicans should SHUT the hell UP get their facts and figures straight when it comes to talking about how President Obama has increased the debt.  Let’s hear it for pharmaceutical company profits at the expense of taxpayers…YAAAAAY!!

Last year, the Congressional Budget Office said that over $140 billion would be saved by having the Healthcare Reform Law in place; over the 2010-2019 period that one piece of legislatio­n will produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion.  And, for the time being, a judge has thrown out challenges to so-called Obamacare.  Nobody here is delusional, I just KNOW those muhfuggahs in the Party of NO Progress will get their pitchforks out and start up the anti-socialism rallying cry. 

Perhaps now that law can be used as a starting point of discussion for further much needed reform.  After all, Social Security started out as a program solely for widows and orphans and it has morphed into a social support system that keeps many out of abject poverty; it has been tweaked over the years and the Healthcare Reform Law can be as well.  Treating it as a socialist nightmare is an argument that doesn’t hold water among sane people because we have all kinds of government subsidies in this country ranging from access to telephone service to the educational system.  That tired argument is for people who have no ideas and no solutions.