House Democrats Unveil Landmark Health Care Legislation
Carolyn Lochhead, The San Francisco Chronicle: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats opened an all-fronts charge today to pass a $1.5 trillion, 10-year health care overhaul by August, unveiling legislation that would tax the wealthy to pay for universal coverage, create a public insurance plan and require individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it."
We need health care reform. We need it badly. We don't need BAD health care reform. I think that as soon as the idea of "tax the wealthy" comes up, many powerful people will balk. Also, there are better ways to fund this project; if it's going in a tax-the-wealthy direction, those other ways probably aren't happening. I'm in favor of a public option. I'm not in favor of forcing people to carry insurance. That would be a massive windfall to an industry that has all but destroyed health care; it would force people to financially support an industry they may justifiably despise and wish to go bankrupt; and it could add one more bill to the pile of bills that some people can't afford to pay. Theoretically there will be subsidies, but I'm dubious about the government's ability to discern what peopel can "really" afford.
I see this going the way of the chrome-plated tightly-clumped orgy that the climate change bill turned into. I am disgusted.