Recently, I was made aware of the fact that the congress passed a health care reform action, of some sort. I don’t know what’s in it, but I don’t feel bad about that, because the people in congress who voted for it also don’t know what’s in it, either.From there it goes into planting seeds, Jack and the Beanstalk, and etc. Hilarious!
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.
For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.
The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
The law promises that people can keep coverage they like, largely unchanged. For members of Congress and their aides, the federal employees health program offers much to like. But, the report says, the men and women who wrote the law may find that the guarantee of stability does not apply to them.
People shouldn’t be expected to know everything about something that is as large as the health care reform whatchamacallit. Did you read your credit card agreement all the way through? No? Then don’t judge.
Those bills are complicated besides, and full of legalese that is written to be deliberately confusing, at least that’s the way it looks to me. And I’m pretty smart. I’ve done some smart stuff before, anyway. It takes smarts to write something like the commentary I’m writing now; at least as much smarts as it takes to pass a health care something-or-other.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
New When Falls the Coliseum Post -- Health Care Reform
I tackle the difficult topic of the health care reform whatchamacallit thing, here. An ever so brief sampling: