As I sit here working away at my desk, I hear your voice shouting in my headphones. “We need to stop Obamacare…we have to defund it…the American people must be defended…”
Psssst….hey you…health care reform is already here. Our state exchange website is open, and in the next few days, I will be helping my parents to sign up on it. My mother, who was previously turned down by insurance companies–not for any serious pre-existing conditions, mind you–only for a single visit to the doctor in her past–she will finally be able to get insurance. So will my father, who recently found contract employment which does not offer health benefits. At his age, it is difficult for him to find a job which isn’t contract or temporary. Some of my friends who were uninsured will also be getting coverage. If being able to breathe easier about their well-being means that I’m selling out to big government, I’m okay with that.
And here’s another thing–the medical insurance company I work for is already enrolling new members for our exchange plans. My employers are doing what any normal business would do–competing for customers. We are expecting tens of thousands of new members. So what do you think is going to happen now? Do you think that if you lie on the ground and kick your feet and scream, my company is going to turn around and drop all those people it just signed up? Or do you think my bosses would prefer to see those premium payments come in?
And yes, this is why I’m still at my desk so late, listening to you. I’ve been working long hours because of health care reform. In the real world in which I reside, this law is a done deal. But I can understand what you’re doing, you over there on the Congress floor. Hey, I like a bit of good drama just as much as the next person. And that’s all this is–drama. Whether it’s being done for votes from your base, or prestige, or whatever else. All that huffing and puffing of righteous anger is only for show. And you know that as well as I do.