Readers of HR3200 realized that it was a deeply flawed document. The Baucus Bill has so far shown itself to be politics at its worst.
Health care is just too important for individual people to be controlled at a Federal level. Your health is an attribute of you. In an ideal world, the resources for the care of your health would be near you and under your control. Your health care resources should not be in Washington, under the control of an unelected bureaucrat.
Employer based health care is bad. Washington controlled health care is worse.
Anyway, all fifty states and local communities are flush with unique efforts to engage in health care.
Since the national debate is really ugly, one way to get our nation off the path of the health care power grab would be for people to spend time talking about local state and community efforts that are affecting health.
I've had first hand accounts with efforts on the county and state level that actually did make a positive impact on people lives. Each of the efforts that I've personally encountered started with the recognition of real people with real needs and not some theorizing by a pencilneck in an ivory tower.
I just read an article by Wilson Ring about programs in Vermont to engage in handling chronic illnesses.
You will notice that this health care reform starts with patients and doctors while the bills in Washington are about ideology and partisan maneuvering.
The pundits on TV keep threatening that the Senate will sneak through the health care disaster in procedure. Perhaps talk about the good things done at the state and local level might jingle some brain cells in Washington and remind us that health is about people. The resources need to be close to the people.
Perhaps if people talked about the good things done locally, some might catch onto the fact that the health care reform of 2009 is both Unconstitional and diametically opposed to the vision of the founders of this nation.
There is a good reason why the founders wrote Amendment 10 "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Central authorities will always grub for maximum power, yet the really important issues, like health care, happen at an individual level and the resources for health care need to be local.
I would love to get some links to stories of real human level efforts to improve health. Please drop a comment.