This Isn’t About Me!

President Obama Looking SadOn Monday, July 20, 2009, President Obama, facing steadily growing opposition to his Universal Healthcare legislation, struck out at the Republicans who, along with a growing number of Democrats, find the plan currently before the US House of Representatives to be a piss poor thing.

Attempting to paint the opposition as being based entirely on partisanship and personal hatred, President Obama declared that, “This isn’t about me!”

The truly ironic thing is that he’s completely and utterly right.

This isn’t about President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a proposed health care system that would break America’s families, break America’s businesses, and break America’s economy.

Any President who tried such ill-conceived thing would be treated in exactly the same manner and face the same levels of opposition. Just ask the Clintons. 😉

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6 Responses to “This Isn’t About Me!”

  1. zhann Says:

    Personally, I grew up very poor and remember cutting my self very severely and having to worry about going to the hospital knowing well that my mother couldn’t afford it. We only went after our neighbor agreed to cover the medical expenses. We rarely went to see a doctor in my childhood because we had no healthcare.

    The feeling that you have when you know you should go to the doctor, but can’t afford it, is detrimental. I do not want anyone in my family ever to worry about seeing a doctor.

  2. Bed-Stuy PUNK Says:

    I agree with Zhann and Jonolan.
    I would like to have a national health care plan. Just like my hometown South Korea. (I agree with Zhann)
    But I dont want a crappy health care plan. I want a sweet one.
    Although I’m not a health care reforming expert. This 1000page health care plan seems to appear out of no where in a very short amount of time.
    JUST PUSHING a health care reform seems like the re-election ticket for 2012.
    But after Obama is not president, we will still have a health care plan he pushed. And if that plan made us worse, whats the whole point? (I agree with jonolan)

    and jonolan we live 2 blocks away from each other. Lets chill sometime

  3. matthew wright Says:

    Part of the reason this plan isn’t up to snuff is because nobody knows what’s in it, or what it will accomplish. I believe we should have some form of nationalzed health care. I also think that we are going to have to suck it up and pay for it, whether it be with tax increases or program cuts. At some point though, you have to decide what you MUST get accomplished. Are you going to cover every American, or do you want to pay for it? I just can’t see them doing both right now with this bill coming out of the house.

  4. Josh Brandt Says:

    Healthcare wouldn’t be so expensive if their weren’t so many regulations. DEREGULATE people! Not to mention with more government involvement comes more regulation. In Canada taxes, for families that make 35,000 a year, are up to over 50%. And for what? Mediocre, inefficient healthcare. Even those who work in the public clinics and ERs tell people to seek out the few private clinics which cost too much for any lower or middle class people. Only the extremely Rich can afford good healthcare, while the poor wait for years to find a family doctor. I can’t explain it nearly as well as a former Canadian citizen, so please listen to Steven Crowder at the link below.

  5. jonolan Says:

    zhann,

    I agree that your childhood circumstances were unpleasant. That such things happen is a great sadness. I don’t think that a Nationalized Healthcare industry, funded largely through taxes on the “rich” is the way to address that situation though.

    There must be better ways to increase people’s access to medical care without effectively enslaving the productive – tax wise – members to provide it.

    Beyond that, I do not believe that Obama’s plan will even work in any effective manner to address situations such as your own. It’s been thrown together to haphazardly to gain my confidence.

    Bed-Stuy Punk,

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your election ticket comment – though you should include the 2010 midterm election in Congress as well.

    Matthew,

    I do not believe that America should have some form of nationalized healthcare; such an idea is contrary to the guiding principles of our country.

    That being said, we do DESPERATELY need some form of healthcare reform. The system, as it stands now, is not meeting the perceived needs of its market.

    Josh,

    This is one instance where I do not think that deregulation per se will fix the problem. An adjustment in regulations seems warranted though.

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