(UPDATED on 2-1-12 below)
I don’t know why this is happening, but this is NOT the “Change I believed in.”
I did NOT vote for another Republican.
I did NOT vote for Joe Lieberman.
I voted for Obama, but apparently he wasn’t elected. They were.
This bill is NOT health care reform.
It is a bailout for the insurance companies, who certainly don’t need one. I guess they’ve just joined the club.
This bill will force people who cannot afford insurance now to buy it anyway from private corporations.
This is a travesty.
If the current bill stays as is:
KILL THE BILL.
UPDATED on 2-1-12:
In light of new posts I’m in the process of writing dealing with the Susan B. Komen Foundation, I’ve had cause to revisit some posts written here at my old blog site back in 2009 and 2010 that dealt with health care reform, the Komen Foundation and the website Firedoglake.
I’m not averse to admitting when I’ve changed my mind on any given issue, nor am I above pointing out a poorly written post, and this post as written at the time was one such example. I shudder to read the words “kill the bill” and did so immediately upon writing them. As tempting as it might be to merely delete such a post, that is not something I would ever be comfortable doing, and never would.
That being said, some of the views in this post as written didn’t express a clear picture of my opinion at the time. In the heat of the emotional battle of health care reform in 2009, out of anger I nearly went down the “kill the bill” road taken by many others. I wrote the phrase out of frustration, and in haste, and it was a poor choice to use it on my part. In spite of those who meant it literally, I did not, and a better choice to express my feelings would have been not “kill the bill” but make the bill better. Killing the bill would have been counterproductive to say the least, and would make no sense.
I have no desire to re-litigate the health care bill and the battle of the public option, etc. but there’s one more point I have to add. At the end of the post I linked to other bloggers posts and opinions “for consideration.” This was NOT an “endorsement” for any one view or another, but were included since they were strong opinions that were out there for discussion at the time. Some of those posts have since disappeared. One of those blogs I absolutely disagreed with here: Firedoglake. In hindsight I regret including their links, period. Because of information that I only became aware of later on, I have removed the link to Emptywheel associated with Firedoglake. (Elsewhere on my blog, because I wrote several related HCR posts also dealing with the Susan B. Komen Foundation around that same time, there were other brief mentions of, or links to FDL as I recall. Any references to them will be updated if necessary or there’s any need to do so. I have no desire to get into detail here, beyond stating that I simply detest what the site does and how they present themselves. Any posts here that referenced them were written before that came to light. I regret having any mention of them here at all.)