Discord to continue
March 22, 2010 - Jim Smith
By nearly the thinnest possible margin, Sunday night Congress passed the controversial and improbable health care reform bill, supposedly establishing near-universal medical coverage for all in the United States.
The bill was headed for the president's desk and he was expected to sign. The president had made health care reform the goal of his administration and spent most of his political influence to achieve.
But, what will the health care reform mean?
For more than a year we all have heard horror stories from those opposed to the bill and pie-in-the-sky praise for it from supporters.
Republicans and other conservatives have left one to believe it will bankrupt the nation (as if the nation isn't already bankrupt) and will turn our republic into socialism.
Democrats and supports of reform say it will guarantee nearly all in the nation health care and will not cause the average taxpayer any increased taxation.
House Democrats voted 219-212 to "extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions., according to the Associated Press.
With all the discord, conflicting information and stretched truths (if not outright lies) pertaining to what the outcome will be of the health care reform, I'm betting it will be a couple of years before we learn if its enactment was good or bad for the American people. Until then, the arguments will continue.