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           There has been total confusion as to what is covered in the Obama health bill and how much it will cost. The only thing certain is that you and I will pay for it. I don't think, as Nancy said, 'let's pass it and then we'll find out what's in it', is good government. No one I have talked to about the bill knows exactly the specifics of the plan or what riders went through with it. Americans have the right, and the obligation, to let the government know their feelings about not knowing what's going on. How much the government should take part in the lives of citizens will always be up for discussion and no simple slogan will settle the debate. The line between meddling and doing what is best for America is a very fine one. I for one don't know what or where that line is and I don't know anyone who does. Maybe it's true that we 'can't define it but we know it when we see it.' Mostly, I believe, the rhetoric offering pros and cons on government involvement, and of course on most social issues, has been, is, and always will be, a lot of partisan platform mumbo-jumbo, neither view being "right" and the other "wrong." Certainly, neither the health care companies nor the financial institutions will satisfactorily self-regulate. And the government will? Not in our lifetime! Gun laws, Congress, and predator laws don't work. Add to that list Medicare abuse, Social Security rumored to be going bankrupt, U.S. Postal Service in trouble, and so many more bureaus and departments out of control. If these government funded programs and others are or will be in dire straits, why would the average citizen, and that's who this is all about, suspect that this gazillion dollar health care program will work. Polls show that if we look at history, the government, from the President down to Congress, is not to be trusted.
           First the health care plan was proposed, and then the Insurance companies reacted, rather than the in the opposite order, raising their premiums in the 20 to 40 per cent range. We really can't blame only the insurance companies for the citizens wanting relief from high premiums. The details, or lack thereof, of the health plan must take some blame. Could it also be true that the government's bailout plan, that resulted in the disclosure of millions of dollars in bonuses being paid out to executives of companies that needed money to prevent bankruptcy, and the failures in the program, are more reasons why many citizens don't want more government interference in their affairs than is absolutely necessary? Citizens may want the government to stick its nose into the fact that the government is sticking its nose too deeply into the business of private institutions.
           How can anyone argue that big business doesn't need regulations, or that using bailout money for bonuses in failed companies isn't fraudulent, or that Americans shouldn't know exactly what the new health care plan involves, or that Government oversight isn't always necessary. It's also hard to imagine any argument suggesting that health insurance shouldn't be available for every American, or that all illegal immigrants and their dependents should be covered for all health benefits at the expense of the working population of America. Perhaps the new makeup of the House of Representatives will have a different take on the health care bill. But let's not hold our breath too long. Compromise in Congress will probably still be a pipe dream and the citizens will only stand by and watch the smoke.
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