Yes, very. I’m not happy because I’m a Democrat; I’m not happy because I’m a liberal, or because I voted for Obama. I’m not celebrating a victory for my party. This is a victory for me, and for my family. We are now finally able to have health insurance.
My parents are business owners. They run their own advertising agency, and they run it well. The two of them of them own and run their business independently. Because of this, we have had to do without proper medical insurance ever since they started Primary Color several years ago. Two people who run a family-operated business are uninsured, and that is wrong.
And there lies an inconsistency in Republicanism in the Obama era. American business owners needed shielding from progressive income tax, because they deserved their money; yet, if they fall ill, they are left to fend for themselves in the healthcare debate. How can any American be deserving of such valiance in one arena, only to receive such scorn in another? Are not all Americans entitled to justice at all times?
It has passed the point of questionably absurd, and is now visible and accepted. Republicans fight their battles on the plane of ideology, rather than practicality.; their base is one of relentless opposition to any Democratic action, rather than genuine assessment. They have dug their trenches, and are ready to engage a perceived enemy, which is no enemy at all. If liberals and conservatives are two embittered forces, unable to coexist, then it is because conservatives have cultivated such an atmosphere.
There exists no clause in the Senate’s revision of the healthcare bill which excludes registered Republicans from coverage. A man who breaks his back will remain insured, with no regards to his political affiliation. If someone is satisfied with his or her current healthcare plan (I don’t know why), they can remain that way. Conservatives have no special immunity to health risks, and are therefore not impervious to being randomly dropped by their provider. This new bill benefits all equally.
I’m glad this bill was passed. It is not the position of those who have, to dictate the rights of those who have not. I’m glad for my family, and that we will be insured, as will millions of other fortunate Americans like us. I’m glad that there is nothing Republicans can do about it.
This bill would be tough to repeal. Good luck telling your constituents that protecting them from being dropped by their provider if they fall ill is a bad thing; or that the clause which states their children will not be dropped due to pre-existing conditions is a bad thing; or the same about small businesses being given a tax break to afford coverage. Once Republican voters see what this bill will do for them, and that they, too, benefit from Obamacare, their conservative ears will recognize the Republican Party’s fearful, buzz-worded, vitriolic rhetoric for the narrow-minded hysteria that it is.
I am in defense of conservatives, believe it or not. How dare the Republican party manipulate its members by conditioning them like Pavlov dogs to howl at the sound of “social justice” or “progressivism”. Mob mentality is not relieved, nor does it seek, justice; it is fed only by its own communal fear.
If Americans, of any kind, know what is good for themselves, their families, and their livelihood, and not what is good for the politics of their party, then it this ugly partisanship can end.
Right on, Alex.
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