On a side not I thought it was funny that she said Curt Schilling was a Yankees fan.
The 80%+ (I think that is the right figure) who already have healthcare insurance are, in general ,not going to benefit from Healthhcare reform. I do not think there is a practical way for those peopleto have their healthcare benefits stay the same, have their costs go down and then to have more people covered at the same time.
The reform bill is so complex that it is very difficult to understand how each of us will be impacted. The knee-jerk reaction is to oppose it because it is not obvious how it helps someone who already has healthcare.
From talking with both Dems/Republicans it has to do with a lot of the one off's in the bill and the fact that the Federal government is making you buy/have insurance. Of course those talks are just with family and friends so a small data source.
I think making people get some type of health insurance makes sense. As long as hospitals are not giong to turn away people who need treatment, we (as a society) are paying for those people's healthcare.
Just like the Dems need to get off their path to HCR, the repubs need to put forth a plan other than NO NO NO. If they don't start offering some viable alternatives, they will also be looked at as not in touch.
Tort reform for example is a ridiculous canard to feed into the trial lawyer hatred. Co-ops are a joke. Then again, the repubs always go to trial lawyers when they need help and offer a plan that won't cover the uninsured.
Yes, things are not peachy for the dems right now but all three races (you forget NY 23) were run by very unpopular dem candidates.
If the finance committee and the DINO's in the senate didn't hold everything up, HCR would have been much easier to sell to the public.
I completely agree with sgallan. Most Americans don't give a shit about the have nots when it comes to HC. In their mind they will be paying exhorbitant taxes to finance illegal Mexicans and ghetto blacks. Say what you will, but that is a fact IMO-including the way some people feel in here whether you want to admit it to yourself or not.
Don't forget, Brown is only renting that seat till 2012. You can bet your sweet bippy that he will be challenged by a much better democrat who will at least know that Schilling pitched with blood on his sock. :)
I'll still take 59-41 or 54-46 for that matter. I'm not fleeing the party or my beliefs.
I dont think the majority dont care about the have nots, but we certainly dont want to see 20% of the nation make 80% suffer. We can fix this system, and get people coverage and we need to do that. But I dont think we should do it by handing sweet heart deals to the unions.
Brown might only be renting that seat but this is a huge upset in the most liberal state in the union and you can not deny that. If you do then you are kidding your self. We are going to see a lot of the the liberal states come back conservative in the next elections.
Mass is a liberal state but has a history of electing Republican governors. The seat was solidly Democratic for years because of Kennedy and the prestige his family name has in Massachusetts. Republicans also have a history of running weak candidates for Seante because they believed the seat is not winnable.