Monday, December 21, 2009

The One Great Hope in this Health Care Reform Package

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A health care reform bill will likely pass the U.S. Senate this week! We can only hope it’s a start.
by Charlie Leck

It may be a historic moment when a health care reform bill passes in the U.S. Senate this week. Then again, it may not be.

If the bill gets through the House of Representatives and goes to the President’s desk, it may be the start – the beginning – of something historic and important. Then again, it may not be.

The predictions are that a bill will get passed in the Senate. It will not be anything like what candidate Obama portrayed in his campaign. If he calls it a great victory or a deliverance on his promise, some of us – and probably many, many of us – will chuckle. Nevertheless, I’m trying to be optimistic here. Maybe something good will come of it.

It will take years to repair the piece of junk that this Congress is going to turn over to the President for his signature, but if, slowly and carefully, the repairs are made (let’s say in the next decade) someday my grandchildren can take pride in a nation that takes care of its sick.

Don’t celebrate when this particular bill is passed! Just quietly hope that it is the beginning of a long process that will see our hopes fulfilled in another decade or so.

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