Now that a Republican has been elected to the Senate from Massachusetts, considered a political impossibility in the past, the Democrats want to reconsider or reconstruct the elements of their health care bill.
They fear the election results were a sign of displeasure with it among the voters.
There are certainly many ways in which they can improve it.
They should take out the most unpopular features and tone down the others so they don’t make it look like we’re going into socialized medicine. The practice of medicine must remain a part of the private sector which can give us our choice of how to use it.
Certainly there are things the government can do to improve on the way it is practiced in this country. For example, tort reform and limitations on the high awards given to plaintiffs and attorneys in malpractice cases skyrocket the price doctors have to pay for insurance to protect themselves.
That is not to say we should not hold the practitioners responsible if they are guilty of malpractice but let’s be reasonable about it. After all, medicine is not a perfect profession. There are many different opinions on the best way to practice it.
Using tax money to pay for abortions should be taken out of the bill entirely. More than 50 percent of the people in this country oppose abortions and would favor its removal.
Our country was formed as a nation where people can live their lives as they want. The government should be there mainly to allow us to do so.
And there are certainly ways in which government can accomplish that. But taking control of our health care processes is not one of them.
It’s time to go back to the drawing board and re-examine how the government can help us with our health care without taking it over.
Expect a little excitement coming up
Utter mayhem is about to explode in southeast Louisiana. If Mardi Gras season is not enough to stir up the spirits, the coming Super Bowl starring the New Orleans Saints will bring on the rest. And there also is a mayor’s election in New Orleans which may get lost in the beads and confetti floating about.
Even El Presidente has given a luke warm support for the Saints. Barrack Obama said he is rooting for them a little bit because they are the underdog and he is sympathetic to what has happened to New Orleans in the past.
Many locals will be going to Miami for the big event. And many also will even check into hotel rooms in New Orleans where they can watch it on television and be near where the big celebration will be when they win.
So do your work early this week and next. Because after that, with all the Who Dat chants, you may not be able to hear yourself think. And it will be a long time before it all settles down.