There is much that can be said about yesterday's passage of the ACHA in the House of Representatives. Here are just a few thoughts.
First, this is a piece of legislation that if enacted into law is detrimental to the greater public good. To step backward and allow increased premiums for pre-existing conditions and to see that tens of millions lose their healthcare so that the rich can enjoy a large tax break is a disgusting and vicious thing to do. There is no other way to say this-the House of Representatives is acting against the interests of the people and the country. They will be judged harshly by history. They, in fact, have violated the principles spelled out in the Declaration of Independence in which a government has a duty to work to advance the quality of life of the governed.
The passage of the legislation raises questions for the Republicans in the House. Did you pass a bill just for the sake of saying you did? Did you pass it simply because you hate Obama? Did you pass it because you are stooges for the super wealthy and care nothing for the average American? Did you pass it because you feel women are inferior and their rights less important (as the bill targets women's health care)? Did you pass it because you have contempt for those unable to secure employment that comes with benefits? Did you pass it because you fail to recognize that access to health care is a fundamental human right? Did you pass it because you are unconcerned that the cost of healthcare in this country is roughly double that in the rest of the industrialized world where single payer systems are the norm?
For Jeff Denham, our representative in CA 10, who was instrumental in the bill's passage, I call you out for the lying, vindictive, cruel, misogynistic, incompetent fool that you are. While name calling is not the best tactic, you have earned each of these adjectives with your role in this abomination that you call a health care bill. You must really hate your job to have voted for this as it all but seals your fate at the midterm. Meanwhile, we must watch as our fellow Americans agonize over the choices they will have to make if the Senate continues this lunacy.