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Rumor Time for Health Care Reform. Submit Yours Today!!

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2007

There’s a point in every political saga where rumors take over. The reason is simple: no one knows how it’s going to turn out. But like teenagers on a first date, most reporters and politicians are terrified of prolonged silence. So they read tea leaves, consult their horoscopes and offer opinions to one another. True, these are just guesses, but when one is repeated often enough, it becomes a rumor. And then instead of tea leave readings, folks can share rumors, which is so much more satisfying. They have an apparent heft.

Well, this is where we’re at in our current drama. California’s special session on health care reform continues. Staffers from the Governor’s office and their counterparts from the offices of the Legislative leadership continue to negotiate. The unions and their allies are outside demonstrating and anyone whose anyone is threatening/planning/thinking about qualifying an initiative for a 2008 ballot. In fact not having an initiative in the works is nearly as big a social blunder as not having a rumor to share. If you want to be one of the cool kids in the high school quad you better have both close at hand.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, many lawmakers of both parties and lots of political pundits have declared health care reform dead for 2007. At the same time, there’s plenty of legislators and Sacramento observers who claim a deal is right around the corner. If you count early December as right around the proverbial corner.

I stand by my earlier post that the parties are close enough that something will emerge this year, but I have no more basis for this prediction than anyone else. Remember, this is the stage where no one knows how its going to turn out. For the record, I have no initiative — and I was never one of the cool kids.

Chasing down every rumor would be fun, he lied, but why should I be so selfish? So instead I’m inviting you my greatly appreciated readers to report the latest story you’ve heard on the fate of health care reform. Or to start one. Or to simply give your opinion on whether a health care reform bill gets signed into law this year. Feel free to post your hearsay anonymously if you like (WordPress asks for your email but no one sees it but me and I won’t tell — or use a fake one if you prefer). Please list your rumor/opinion/guess as a comment to this post and we’ll see what trends develop. If you’re the first to post something that actually comes true, you’ll win, well, let’s see … you’ll win, ummm, well nothing less than the satisfaction of knowing you got it right. Ain’t that grand?

And to all of you caught up in the fires raging through California this evening, my sympathies and best wishes. Acts of nature certainly put the folly of humans in perspective.


5 Responses to “Rumor Time for Health Care Reform. Submit Yours Today!!”

  1. Paul said

    This is a great opportunity to express what I feel. We all know the system could use some fixing. We need to look not at the easy fix where everyone is looking, but the difficult one. You might say what do you mean easy fix this is a big problem. This is a society problem. We went through a 70’s & 80’s social change. This change was not for the better as some think. The government of all levels are always viewing the special interest groups. Oh we need this or that. No one today is taking responsibility for their own actions. We as a nation have split into this group that group oh we need our language on the driving tests. I though English was the language in the US I guess not. We are not Americans as it used to be, but all the different countries here under the US umbrella. Eventually it will pop. Now let get back to healh care. As I said, yes it needs fixing. We do not have enough Doctors to handle the added client base for one thing and I guess we are making Doctors’ the same as use car salemen. How can we change the system when we do not know the question. I do not know the question. I have found people do not feel they should pay for the Doctor or anything else. It should be free. Question is it a right or privilege? I do not know the answer. This response is to get people to think of the big picture. Once that is being addressed other issues will fix them selves though priviate enterprise. Something to think about.

  2. Matt said

    I agree that California has a great chance of making something happen. If the plan works here, then it can work anywhere. I personally would like to see more individuals take responsibility for their own coverage. I am only 22 years old but my last 3 jobs all offered to help with my insurance. Whether it be splitting it 50/50 in my current job or just paying for the whole premium I understand the important of not putting this burden on someone else, for example the people that have insurance. Get a job that offers insurance or buy yourself the plan with the least expensive premium. I have a friend from high school who has perfect health, or I should say had. He was 22 at the time and thought he didn’t need health insurance because he so in such good shape and so healthy. Well, on a dirt biking expedition he crashed and broke his back. Really a sad story, but because he didn’t have any insurance this burden will likely put him in debt for at least a decade. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND GET INSRURANCE. I would hate to see how some people spend their money when they say, “I can’t afford health insurance”. If that’s the case then reevaluate your situation because health insurance needs to be a TOP PRIORITY. It is for me and if I can’t buy a new DVD, or a new TV, or a bed or whatever, because I paid for MY INSURANCE, then I know I made the right decision.

  3. There is a far greater chance of something happening on the California level, probably later than sooner, than ever happening on the federal level. When it comes right to it, Americans just will not choose “the great social solution” (sounds uncomfortably ominous). Sorry, Michael Moore. It does, however, make great political rhetoric for candidates who are heavy on talk and light on action.

  4. John Lovell said

    Meg’s prediction is intriguing — just wind up punting the whole issue to the next President. She very well could be on the money with that one. Right now, the buzz at the capitol is that nothing will come together short term (note to reader: in capitol parlance, “short term” is within the next eight seconds or so). Right now, the Governor has no GOP support, no Dem support, and the Dems have no Governor or GOP support, either. Legislators are telling me that nothing comes together until January at the earliest. At least, that’s what they are saying right now.

  5. Meg McComb said

    When tea leaves are steeping, the process is called the agony of the leaves. That’s where health care reform seems to be at the moment!
    Here’s my prediction: at least two health initiatives will appear on the November 2008 ballot. California voters will agonize (I couldn’t resist!) over voting for higher taxes. Their votes will be split between the intiatives, and nothing will pass. In disgust, Californians will look to our next elected president to solve our health care dilemma.
    What do other readers think will happen?

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