Democrats have signaled recently that they’re interested in “fixing” the health care reform act. Even President Obama has said he’s willing to work towards a fix. My question is why did they bother passing the damn thing if it needed to be fixed almost immediately?
The truth is that the people who voted on the bill didn’t bother to read it. They apparently listened to Nancy Pelosi and thought they had to pass it so they could find out what’s in it. That’s never a good way to do business, especially with such a huge segment of the American economy.
If the bill was flawed enough to warrant fixing it almost immediately after it’s passed, surely this was a bill that should never have been passed. The issue was contentious enough the first time around, and it definitely will be again. The only problem is that this time it could make the bill worse.
Make no mistake, just repealing the individual mandate will be worse. The mandate is essential to keep insurance companies afloat after they’re told they can’t refuse to cover someone, and also told that they can’t charge them what would be necessary to cover them. All this despite the fact that some studies indicate that only 1% of the American population are denied coverage or help with medical bills in any way.
All of this underlies a problem with Congress itself. In an effort to appear to be doing something, they’ll actually do just about anything. They will pass laws to address perceived problems without taking a clear look at what is needed. You would think that after a year of battling, the health care reform bill would be as close to perfect. But it’s not. It’s just as flawed as it ever was, with only the public option being taken off the table. That’s because in their effort to do “something”, they didn’t look to make sure they were doing the right things.