I believe that abortion should be legal. I also believe everyone should have access to decent health care. But now, there are some abortion rights supporters in the House of Representatives who are willing to see health care reform go down the tubes if the reform legislation bans federal dollars from paying for abortions. Not making it illegal just not paying for it, mind you.
These are people who are willing to keep 30 or so million people shut out of access to healthcare unless it covers abortions.
Is abortion really the issue to get stuck on?
As I said, I believe in the right of a woman to abort her pregnancy and don’t want to see women have to resort to back alley abortionists. But, honestly why should 30 million people suffer if the federal government isn’t willing to cover what was ultimately a personal mistake made by two people that they after the fact want to undo.
I’m not judging here. Mistakes happen. I get it and I’m no saint. But, for the 30 million not covered by health insurance right now, the mistake isn’t theirs so much as a function of our broken health care system and values.
What we’ve lost both between our two major parties and EVEN WORSE within each party itself, is the art of compromise. This will never be a perfect bill. No one is going to be 100% happy with it. That’s just the fact if it stands any chance of being passed.
So, for the idiot House Democrats threatening to vote no over abortion coverage I suggest this or a lobotomy.
Why not pass the bill which benefits all of us ultimately by giving 30 million access and getting rid of pre-existing condition bans now and continue the debate of abortion coverage after health care reform is enacted?
After all, something is better than nothing here and it’s always easier to tweak something once it’s law than starting all over. Anyone for another year of health care debate? Nah? Didn’t think so.
A lot of Democrats are nervous about their election prospects in November should health care reform become law. The political truth is that it’s a lot easier to go before the voters as a winner versus a “politician who tried to engineer a government takeover of healthcare but lost“, which will be the Republican spin.
If on the other hand Democrats go to the polls as winners in the health care battle, the Republicans will have to take a moment to explain how they fought against eliminating pre-existing condition bans. Good luck on that one, GOP!
When Barak Obama was elected he talked a lot about bringing people together. We assumed he was talking about Democrats & Republicans.
The reality now is that he must unite Democrats. He must turn them into winner even if the victory isn’t perfect. And even the ones who are idiots and are willing to squander the opportunity to achieve something of historic benefit in the name of a objections based on a narrow interest group.
Let common sense and compromise prevail!