Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Bill -- Consequences

For those of you who live under rocks (don't worry, I'm sure the government will get to housing soon), the Democrats' health care bill passed last night.

Depending on where you're getting your news, the bill will (list exhausting, but by no means exhaustive):

1.) Either drive the country deeper into debt, or save the government tons of money;
2.) Create tons of jobs, or, well, cost tons of jobs;
3.) Help you buy insurance, give you insurance, or force you to buy more insurance even though you can barely afford the insurance you now have;
4.) Drive prices down through increased competition, or cause prices to go up through increased risk;
5.) Shore up Medicare, or gut Medicare;
6.) Allow you to control your own medical future, or give the government control over your medical future; and
7.) Kumbayah moonbeams and puppies, or grumble-grumble-grumble death of capitalism.

I'm already seeing those on the conservative side of the above arguments being called "irrational" (but hey, it's better than being called racist), even though nobody really knows whether this bill will produce the desired results. Some believe it will, some believe it won't.

Which brings me to my assignment. I want every American with a blog (and that's a lot of blogs) to post every time something health-care-bill-related happens to them, or which they personally witness happening to someone else. No "friend-of-a-friend told me," or "I heard that so-and-so." I want personally witnessed, brutally honest straight-from-the-horse's-mouth stuff, here.

This blog isn't really a high-traffic clearinghouse, but if my loyal readers (Hi, honey!) each tell 5 others, who each tell 5 others, etc., etc., before too long we'll have an Amway-style pyramid scheme of accountability going on.

I'd love it if I were somehow informed (by link or comment) of all the posts generated by everyone, but I'm afraid the increased traffic would cause my brains to leak out of my ears.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be covered for that.