“History doesn’t reward political victories, it rewards improvements in the human condition,” opined longtime newsman Dan Rather.
“The health care bill that the Republicans have just rammed through the House of Representatives is all about optics. It’s all about a political “win” for the President and his party. It’s all about serving the base.”
“But what about what it means for millions of Americans? What does it mean for a young mother facing a cancer diagnosis and worrying about the future of her young child? What does it mean for an HIV patient worrying about losing a job and the cost of his pre-existing condition? What does it mean for a family facing sickness, and bankruptcy?”
“What will this bill mean for all of these people, and countless more? We don’t know. No one really knows. We are in a rush without reason. A major piece of legislation is being crammed through before it is even analyzed and vetted. Of course, our current system isn’t perfect – far from it. Of course, the Affordable Care Act needs revisions. Who gets something that big right the first time? But instead of progress and thought, we get chaos and grandstanding.”
“There will be no end to the speculation of how this will affect the political fortunes of the two major parties. And on that front, frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I worry for my fellow citizens for whom the burden of health will now be compounded by the burden of injustice.”