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March 21, 2010

so health care passed tonight.

Big whoop.

I know I’m supposed to be excited.  My little brother works for Walmart, so of course he doesn’t have health insurance.  Neither does his girlfriend.  It’s great that at some point in the future they’ll have it, and it’ll be subsidized so that they can afford it.

But the whole thing makes me sick now.  Pap smears were negotiated.  Viagra was not.  LGBT specific health provisions were cut.  $50 million was set aside for abstinence only sex ed.  And Obama, who convinced me that I should vote for him and not Clinton, signed an executive order that makes me want to puke.  Yeah, he passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but then he allows takes this gigantic step backwards.  Btw, every Democrat who insisted on that should be voted out of office yesterday, and Bart Stupak needs to get the fuck out of my state.  Meanwhile, illegal immigrants can’t buy health insurance (which is just vindictive – it’d be cheaper for us if they could buy insurance) and there’s a lot of people wondering if they’ll be able to afford their mandated health insurance (both lower middle class people looking to buy it and business owners now forced to sell).

I don’t understand how Republicans have this much power when they’re in the minority.  I don’t know if it’s that they’re a bunch of gigantic ass hats, or if the system needs reforming, but having a Democratic majority in both houses and the accompanying person in the White House should mean that I like my government better than I do right now.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2010 11:01 pm

    I feel the same way. I’m extra pissed off about women’s reproductive health being thrown under the bus since I’m one of those people who is now worried that I won’t be able to afford this new mandatory health care. Especially if the plans are still allowed to have high deductibles.

    Right now I’m lucky to have a doctor who works with me on prices so that I can get the meds I need for a chronic condition. If I have to pay for both insurance and a high deductible, I may actually lose the healthcare I’m able to get now.

    So basically this new bill forces me to pay for insurance that won’t even give me as a women full medical coverage.

  2. Erik permalink
    March 24, 2010 5:11 pm

    Who’s issues it was aside, I have an answer for the last paragraph: the Democrats are currently not nearly as homogenous as the Republicans are. It’s in the nature of the beast – the party of being liberal and progressive is also the party that accepts many viewpoints as acceptable, and of course that means they disagree more. It isn’t that the Republicans have so much power, it’s that there’s a lot more moderate Democrats than moderate Republicans. Of course they also (as usual) framed the debate in stupid, ridiculous ways, but if the Democrats were as unified as the Republicans, it never would have mattered.

    I admit I haven’t heard too much about the womens’ care issues, though… what is it that didn’t make the final bill that should have?

    Oh, and I should add, Viagra did make the debate just today… but as a Republican measure to keep it from being given to sex offenders.

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