It seems there's a lot of folks who want to argue that the Health Care Reform bill was bad, 0r maybe it was good. What's truly intriguing to me is the idea that things have to get worse before they can get better. In truth, I tend to agree with the latter. But the funny part is this. Not everything has to get worse for health reform to get better. Yet it appears that many think it does.
Insurance companies are profit taking. Health care reform appears to be more of a dismal failure than before the HCR act. McDonalds isn't even going to be able to offer their crap coverage any more because of OBAMACARE! EVERYBODY PANIC! My point? That's a good thing. But there are many still obsessed that we didn't get single payer/public option out of the box.
So, those folk are talking letting the Republicants take the reigns again. How bad can it be, right? Well, how 'bout this bad. Teapublicants take the Congress in November. Forget a repeal of DADT. Expect a further expansion of state Amendments that ban gay marriage. The culture wars heat up with further erosion of Roe v. Wade. The mandates for Health Insurance get repealed (the only thing that actually saves money according to the CBO), and we move back to the status quo of 2004. Congress overrules any CiC mandate for withdrawal of troops because we are at war. Bush's tax cuts are extended in their entirety. And there is no faint hope of getting a public option for insurance. The retirement age for SS is raised to 70, and more jobs continue to be lost. I'm leaving a lot of stuff out, but it doesn't matter because progressives won't focus.
I agree that pain is a necessary part of progress. If one is concerned about health care reform, then those sympathetic to those concerns should be protected. It's only coincidence that most of those folk are Democrats, I suppose. The dealio is this; concern for one issue is not justification for abandoning all others, unless pain is precisely the desire. I've lived as an adult through the Reagan years, and the Bush years. I'm fricking tired of watching people abandon any real progress because it hurts ... so they call for more hurt.
If you want real health care reform, watch things play out with the actors who might actually do something. We can get rid of Baucus in 2014. We can get rid of a lot of Congress between now and then. But getting rid of the people who might actually help because of issues that have nothing to do with *your* issue? Seriously? Be careful of the trades you're making.